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Route 283 westbound travelers will have new way to get on Pennsylvania Turnpike on Thursday

Posted 12/11/19

Starting Thursday, Dec. 12, motorists driving west on Route 283 will have a new way to get on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

A traffic signal that has been on temporary flash mode will be fully …

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Route 283 westbound travelers will have new way to get on Pennsylvania Turnpike on Thursday

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Starting Thursday, Dec. 12, motorists driving west on Route 283 will have a new way to get on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

A traffic signal that has been on temporary flash mode will be fully activated Thursday, allowing motorists traveling west on Route 283 to turn left onto a new ramp leading to the turnpike, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced in a press release.

That will be a new way of doing things, as up until now motorists westbound on 283 have gotten on the turnpike by turning right off of 283. However, the old right-turn ramp will be closed when the new traffic light at the new ramp is fully activated on Thursday, PennDOT said.

The new ramp is part of the $89.4 million project that started in spring 2017 to rebuild six miles of Route 283.

The project includes rebuilding the interchanges at the turnpike and at Union and Vine streets, and rehabilitating the three bridges that carry traffic over 283 on Newberry Road, Union Street and Vine Street.

Westbound Route 283 was rebuilt in 2018 and eastbound 283 is being reconstructed in 2019. The entire project is to be completed in 2020, when the final 2-inch wearing course layer of Superpave asphalt will be paved in both directions of Route 283.

The project contractor is Hempt Bros. Inc. of Camp Hill.