Spring construction begins on major roads

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As spring begins, so does construction work around the area. PennDOT crews started new projects on Monday.

In Springettsbury Township, York County, North Hills Road by Exit 19 on I-83 is being widened.

The on-ramp will be closed for a week starting March 23. The work is aimed at cleaning up the intersection and making it easier for drivers getting on and off the highway.

“It’s just work that’ll help add capacity for traffic that gets on and off there at exit 19,” says PennDOT spokesman Mike Crochunis.

The work is part of a makeover for Interstate 83 traffic with projects continuing through 2020.

In Middletown, Dauphin County, crews started work replacing water and sewer lines on Route 230. Traffic is being detoured from Main Street to Route 283.

And over in Cumberland County, work begins on Interstate 81, on a 10-mile stretch between exits 48 and 57 near Carlisle.

Some lanes will being restricted during the work- but most of it will take place during overnight hours, 9 p.m.-6 a.m.

The focus of the project is to change the traffic pattern on the northbound bridge over the Conodoguinet Creek.

The funding for much of this work comes from the transportation law, Act 89, which passed in 2013.

“It was just sort of, where’s the money going to come from to do the rest of the work, and now Act 89 is going to do it, and we can plan things out and map it out until 2020,” says Crochunis.

PennDOT asks drivers to look out for road crews and be cautious.