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Drivers, rejoice: Interstate 283 westbound restored to two lanes, but more work remains next year

Posted 11/7/18

The westbound road through the Route 283 construction project in Dauphin County was restored to two lanes of traffic early Wednesday.

Westbound traffic is now in its proper alignment on the newly …

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Drivers, rejoice: Interstate 283 westbound restored to two lanes, but more work remains next year

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The westbound road through the Route 283 construction project in Dauphin County was restored to two lanes of traffic early Wednesday.

Westbound traffic is now in its proper alignment on the newly rebuilt westbound road, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

Since March, the westbound road was restricted to a single lane while it underwent reconstruction. A second westbound lane for traffic used an express lane on the eastbound road while reconstruction was underway.

The westbound express lane is closed and is no longer in use, according to PennDOT.

Over the next several days, the contractor for the project will remove the concrete barrier on the eastbound road that had separated the opposing directions of traffic and then re-establish eastbound traffic in its proper lanes for the winter season.

The reconstruction project covers six miles of Route 283 in Lower Swatara and Londonderry townships, between the Toll House Road interchange and the interchange with the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Interstate 283. The highway connection between Harrisburg and Lancaster carries nearly 56,000 vehicles a day, according to PennDOT.

The westbound roadway was rebuilt this year; the eastbound roadway will be rebuilt next year.

This work is part of the $89.4 million project. The Pennsylvania Turnpike, Union Street and Vine Street interchanges also will be rebuilt.

The structure work on the project includes the superstructure replacement of three mainline bridges, deck replacements of five mainline bridges, bridge preservation work on three overhead bridges, and one new prefabricated retaining wall.

Rehabilitation work on three bridges over Route 283 were completed last year — the Newberry Road, Union Street and Vine Street bridges. The project also includes updated drainage and guiderail, signs and pavement markings, new highway lighting, and 12 new rain gardens to manage storm water.

The overall project is scheduled for completion in 2020, when final paving will be done on both directions of Route 283.