Weather permitting, motorists are advised that northbound Interstate 81 in the vicinity of the I-81 Exit 67 interchange just north of Harrisburg in Dauphin County will be closed and traffic detoured during the overnight hours tonight between midnight and 5 a.m. on Tuesday, August 27. The traffic stoppage and detour are necessary so that construction crews can safely add cross bracing and tighten bolts on the new bridge beams that were installed over the weekend for the eastbound Route 22 bridge over the northbound side of I-81.
The three lanes of northbound traffic approaching the I-81 Exit 67 interchange will be reduced to two lanes at around 8 p.m. tonight. At 10 p.m., northbound I-81 will be reduced to a single lane. And at around midnight, northbound traffic will be stopped and detoured until no later than 5 a.m. tomorrow morning.
Northbound motorists will be detoured by way of the off-ramp to eastbound Route 22 (Cameron Street), east on Elmerton Avenue, and then north on Progress Avenue back to northbound I-81 at Exit 69.
In addition to this impact to northbound traffic, the southbound ramp to eastbound Route 22 at the I-81 Exit 67 interchange will be closed during this nighttime operation. This is necessary as a safety precaution because this ramp is situated under the area where the tonight’s work will be taking place.
As long as adverse weather doesn’t affect tonight’s operation, tonight should be the last night for closing down I-81 and detouring traffic. However, the ongoing work will continue to affect nighttime traffic on I-81 between now and Thanksgiving because it will be necessary from time to time to restrict traffic to two lanes or a single lane in one or both directions on I-81 during the overnight hours.
Motorists are asked to be alert to this operation and to slow down when approaching the construction work zone.
This work is part of the restoration of the I-81 Exit 67 interchange that was severely damaged by a huge tanker truck fire on May 9, forcing the closure of the ramp from northbound I-81 to westbound Route 22/322 and the demolition of the eastbound Route 22 bridge over I-81. PennDOT hired G.A. & F.C. Wagman, Inc. of York, Pennsylvania, to rebuild the eastbound Route 22 bridge at a cost of $3.3 million. The new bridge is scheduled to be open to traffic by mid-November, in time for Thanksgiving.