What You Need to Know About the I-76 Repaving Project: Lane Closures and Delays

One of the Philadelphia region’s busiest roads is getting a new surface and that could mean weeks of delays for drivers.

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PennDOT plans to repair and resurface 12.5 miles of Interstate 76 (Schuylkill Expressway) from U.S. Route 1 (City Avenue) to the U.S. 202 Interchange in Montgomery County.
The actual work on the federally-funded $21,150,734 project begins next week, but starting Monday, June 19, PennDOT’s contractors will begin rolling lane closures as they visually inspect road conditions, the agency said in a news release.
According to PennDOT, the plan for next week is:
nMonday, June 19, and Tuesday, June 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., intermittent lane closures are scheduled on eastbound I-76 between Interstate 476 and U.S. 1 (City Avenue).
Wednesday, June 21, and Thursday, June 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., intermittent lane closures are scheduled on westbound I-76 between U.S. 1 (City Avenue) and I-476.
nFriday, June 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., intermittent lane closures are scheduled on eastbound and westbound I-76 at the I-476 Interchange.
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Once the roadway is fully inspected, overnight concrete patching, milling and paving will get underway starting Sunday, June 26 at 9 p.m. “I-76 motorists can expect daily overnight lane closures Sundays through Thursdays from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 9 p.m. until mid-morning the next day,” PennDOT said.
“Under this improvement project, PennDOT will mill, overlay and rehabilitate existing pavement; perform base repairs; install new guide rail; repair or replace damaged traffic signs, two overhead sign structures and numerous expansion joints on three structures; and install rumble strips, delineators and new mileage markers along the four-lane section of I-76,” PennDOT said in a news release.
"Improving the I-76 corridor is a critical part of strengthening the state’s transportation network for residents, commuters and the economy in the Philadelphia region,” Gov. Tom Wolf said. "This much-needed pavement improvement project will greatly benefit the thousands of drivers who use the expressway for their daily commutes.”
The two-lanes in each direction stretch of I-76 are often crowded as people travel between the western suburbs and Philadelphia. “Motorists are advised to use an alternate route or allow extra time when traveling on I-76 in the work areas because backups and delays will occur,’ PennDOT said.
The resurfacing work by J.D. Eckman, Inc. of Atglen, Chester County is weather permitting, and is expected to be completed by October, PennDOT said. The entire project is expected to last until summer 2018.
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