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Eastbound Route 283 traffic will be affected by shift onto new road

Posted 8/21/19

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and its contractor on Wednesday and Thursday night will close the eastbound Route 283 local lane to shift the west end of the project onto the newly …

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Eastbound Route 283 traffic will be affected by shift onto new road

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The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and its contractor on Wednesday and Thursday night will close the eastbound Route 283 local lane to shift the west end of the project onto the newly built roadway in Lower Swatara Township.

On those days, between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. those coming from the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Eisenhower Boulevard or Interstate 283 wanting to exit at the Airport Connector, Vine Street and Union Street will be detoured onto the eastbound Route 283 Express Lane and directed to turn around at Tollhouse Road onto westbound Route 283 to access those interchanges.

Wednesday night, the contractor will close the eastbound Route 283 local lane from the crossover at the west end of the project to Union Street and shift the eastbound right lane between the Lumber Street bridge and the Union Street interchange onto the newly built road. Airport Connector traffic will be unable to access the eastbound local lane and will be detoured onto Route 283 westbound to access the interchanges during this shift.

Thursday night, the contractor will close the eastbound Route 283 local lane from the crossover at the west end of the project to the Airport Connector interchange and shift the eastbound right lane between the Turnpike Industrial Road bridge and the Lumber Street bridge onto the newly built roadway. All interchanges will be able to access the eastbound Route 283 local lane during this shift.

PennDOT reminds travelers to be alert for these operations, to pay attention to the signs and message boards identifying new traffic patterns, and to use caution when driving through work zones for their safety as well as for the safety of the road crews.

Reconstruction of the eastbound Route 283 left shoulder and left lane is underway. PennDOT expects the contractor to complete highway reconstruction and open both eastbound and westbound lanes to unrestricted travel by Thanksgiving. 

The final 2-inch wearing course layer of Superpave asphalt will be paved in both directions of Route 283 starting in March 2020, as soon as temperatures allow, followed by installation of high-tension cable median barrier. Substructure repair work will continue until the project completion in June 2020.

This work is part of an $89.4 million project being conducted by Hempt Bros. Inc. of Camp Hill to rebuild 6 miles of Route 283 as well as the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Union Street and Vine Street interchanges. Work began in the spring of 2017 with rehabilitation of the three structures that carry Newberry Road, Union Street and Vine Street over Route 283. Westbound Route 283 was rebuilt in 2018 and eastbound Route 283 is being reconstructed this year.