A view of the Mount Rose Avenue, Interstate 83 construction project from a drone.
New traffic patterns at the Mount Rose Avenue interchange with Interstate 83 will take effect this week, according to a news release from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
Work began Wednesday, Sept. 6, to implement a new traffic pattern in the southbound lanes on I-83 near Exit 18, Mount Rose Avenue.
I-83 southbound traffic is now restricted to one lane, and interstate traffic south of Mount Rose Avenue has been shifted to the west, PennDOT said.
At the same time, traffic on Mount Rose Avenue, also known as Route 124, has shifted north, according to PennDOT.
In the coming weeks, northbound I-83 traffic will be shifted to the west, which will create a work zone on the east side of the highway, the release states.
When this phase of the work is complete, the existing ramp from Mount Rose Avenue to I-83 south will be permanently closed, and a new on-ramp, which is about 350 feet away from the existing ramp, will be opened to traffic, PennDOT said.
While this is being constructed, westbound traffic on Mount Rose Avenue will not turn left onto I-83 south because of a lack of width or a left-turn lane on Mount Rose Avenue, the release states.
Drivers headed west on Mount Rose Avenue to I-83 south will turn right onto a temporary ramp, travel west onto the new access road, left onto Greenhill Road Extended and then left onto Mount Rose Avenue east, before turning right onto the I-83 south ramp, PennDOT said.
Motorists are asked to be alert for the operations, to obey work signs and use caution when going through work zones.
The work is part of a $58.3 million project to reconstruct and widen 1.3 miles of the interstate and rebuild the Mount Rose Avenue interchange.