Weekend work scheduled in Eisenhower Interchange east of Harrisburg- Detour Info

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HARRISBURG, Pa. — Weekend construction work in the Eisenhower Interchange east of Harrisburg will close the ramp through the interchange from northbound Interstate 283 to southbound Interstate 83 starting at around 7 AM on Saturday, Feb. 20. Traffic will be detoured by way of northbound I-83 to the Union Deposit Road Interchange (Exit 48) and then back south on I-83 and on through the Eisenhower Interchange. The ramp from northbound I-283 to southbound I-83 is officially scheduled to reopen by 5 AM on Monday, Feb. 22, but construction crews anticipate finishing earlier – perhaps by Sunday evening.

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The weekend ramp closure is necessary so that construction crews can safely remove the wooden falsework that that built in early December and used to help build a “concrete jacket” around one of the piers (pier #4) supporting the bridge carrying eastbound Route 322 through the interchange. In this repair work, deteriorating concrete was removed and new concrete applied as part of the “jacket” to reinforce the strength of the pier.

This construction work is part of a nearly $5.6-million repair contract with Deblin, Inc. of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, that began in late June last year to address 30 bridge structures on or connecting to I-83 in the Harrisburg area, including the John Harris Memorial Bridge (also known as the South Bridge), the Eisenhower Interchange (including Interstate 283 and Route 322), and bridges on the mainline between the South Bridge and Eisenhower Interchange as well as some of the ramps associated with the interchanges. The contract also includes the bridge that carries Derry Street over Route 322 and bridges that are part of the Penhar interchange with Route 322 in Swatara Township. The types of repairs are classified as “bridge preservation” and include items such as bridge joint repairs, deck repairs, and repairs to the bearings and piers – all intended to help extend the service life of each bridge structure. When the contractor finishes repairs to bridges in the Eisenhower Interchange and its vicinity, the final work will focus this year on the I-83 John Harris Memorial Bridge. The overall project is scheduled to be completed by mid-April, 2016.