UPDATE: I-83 traffic switch at Mount Rose now to begin Tuesday
Traffic near the Interstate 83 exit for Mount Rose Avenue will once again see some changes because of construction, according to a news release from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
PennDOT said that starting the night of Tuesday, Oct. 17, its contractor will begin work to implement a new pattern of traffic in the northbound lanes of I-83 neat Exit 18, the Mount Rose Avenue interchange.
The traffic switch was originally scheduled to take place on the evening of Friday, Oct. 13, but because of the light rain expected Friday night, the contractor decided to postpone the switch, according to PennDOT.
Starting Tuesday, northbound I-83 traffic will be limited to a single lane between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. and shift east while crews remove the concrete median barrier and place temporary pavement in the median south of the exit, PennDOT said.
Within the next few weeks, northbound traffic will shift to the west, which will create a work zone on the east side of the highway, according to the transportation department.
With the traffic switch, the existing ramp from I-83 north to Route 124 will be permanently closed, and the new ramp, which is 1,500 feet south of the current ramp, will be opened to traffic early Saturday, Oct. 14, the release states.
Drivers will go through a new signalized intersection at Haines Road, according to PennDOT.
Those headed to Route 124 will go straight through the new intersection, and anyone going to Camp Betty Washington Road will turn right, the release states.
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.