Tristate travelers: 81 ramps heading to Harrisburg will close overnight in August

28 July 2023- The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that overnight closures are planned for the ramps from northbound Interstate 81 to North Front Street and South Front Street (Exit 66) in Dauphin County so a contractor can install overhead sign structures on the highway. Weather permitting, this work will be performed the night of Thursday, August 10 and possibly Friday, August 11.

The closures will be in place from 9:00 PM Thursday, August 10, to 6:00 AM Friday, August 11. Should inclement weather or other unforeseen events delay this work, it will be performed the following night, from 9:00 PM Friday, August 11, to 6:00 AM Saturday, August 12.

A detour will be in place. Motorists should proceed north on I-81 to Exit 67B (westbound Route 22/322/Lewistown/State College), take westbound Route 22/322 to the Route 39 (Linglestown Road) exit, then take eastbound Route 22/322 to southbound I-81 to Front Street.

This work is part of a project that includes bridge preservation work, approach pavement work, sign and sign structure replacements, and other miscellaneous construction on I-81 from Progress Avenue in the City of Harrisburg to the Susquehanna River at the George N. Wade Bridge in Susquehanna Township, and on Route 22 from Elmerton Avenue to about 0.5 miles north of I-81 in the city.

Travelers are reminded to be alert for these operations, to obey work zone signs, and to slow down when approaching and traveling through work zones for their safety as well as for the safety of the road crews.

The contractor continues repairs to bridge substructures. There are no traffic impacts for this work.

Deblin, Inc., of Mechanicsburg, PA, is the prime contractor on this $9,884,046 project. This project is expected to be completed by October 27, 2023.