Weekend repairs to affect I-83, I-283 Eisenhower Interchange
HARRISBURG, Pa. – Bridge pavement and expansion joint repair work will affect motorists who use the Eisenhower Interchange east of Harrisburg in Dauphin County over the next month, weather permitting. The Eisenhower Interchange is formed by ramps and bridges that carry traffic on Interstate 83, Interstate 283 and U.S. 322 through this part of the region.
This weekend, the ramp from northbound I-283 to northbound I-83 within the Eisenhower Interchange will again be closed to traffic starting at 9 PM on Friday, June 24, and continuing no later than 5 AM on Monday, June 27. Motorists will be detoured from northbound I-283 to eastbound U.S. 322 to the Penhar Interchange, and then directed back on westbound U.S. 322 through the Eisenhower Interchange to northbound I-83.
Travelers are asked to be alert to these bridge repair operations and to drive carefully through the detour route.
The contractor will suspend construction activities over the Independence Day holiday and resume repair work the following weekend. July 8-11, northbound I-83 through the interchange is scheduled to be closed. The detour will use eastbound U.S. 322 to the Penhar Interchange, then westbound U.S. 322 back to northbound I-83.
The southbound I-83 ramp to southbound I-283 is tentatively scheduled to be closed the weekend of July 15-18. The detour will direct motorists around the closure by way of the ramp for southbound I-83 at Exit 47 for Derry Street to Eisenhower Boulevard, and then briefly onto southbound Route 441 to the ramp for southbound I-283.
Southbound I-83 through the interchange is tentatively scheduled to be closed the weekend of July 22-25. The detour will direct motorists around the closure by way of the ramp for southbound I-283 to southbound Route 441 to the ramp for northbound I-283 back to southbound I-83.
This construction work is part of a nearly $5.6-million bridge preservation contract with Deblin, Inc. of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, that began last summer 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 I-283 and U.S. 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 type of repairs are classified as bridge preservation and include items such as bridge joint repairs, deck repairs, and repairs to the bearings – all intended to help extend the service life of each bridge structure. The overall project is scheduled to be completed this summer.