Driver Beware: KOP Traffic Stops

There will be a travel hold-up for some drivers traveling in and around King of Prussia.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike will be stopping traffic northbound and southbound on the PA Turnpike's Northeastern Extension (I-476) for up to 20 minutes at noon on Wednesday, July 15 and again on Thursday, July 16 at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The stoppages will occur south of the Lehigh Tunnel and north of the Mahoning Valley (Exit #74) Interchange.

The stoppage is for excavation work on a bridge replacement project. It's part of a $101.6 million project to replace two bridges that cross the Lehigh River, Lehigh Canal, Pohopoco Creek, Route 248, a Norfolk Southern rail line and part of the former Lehigh Valley Railroad.

State Police will stop traffic south of the Lehigh Tunnel at the Turnpike's Slatington Maintenance facility located at milepost A70.1 (where Mountain Road crosses the Turnpike), and just north of the Mahoning Valley (Exit #74) Interchange.

If you are traveling that way and will be in a rush, you should definitely find another route.

It will take several months to complete the project. New bridge construction is scheduled to be completed in late 2011. The Turnpike will shift traffic onto the new bridges, and demolition of the old bridges will begin with completion anticipated in late 2012.

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