More new traffic patterns on I-83 at Mount Rose
After a delay caused by rain on Friday, drivers on Interstate 83 will see new traffic patterns around the Mount Rose exit starting Tuesday night.
On Tuesday, Oct. 17, the contractor will begin work to shift northbound traffic on the interstate, close an existing ramp and open a new one, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
The work was scheduled to begin Friday, Oct. 13, but PennDOT was worried that the contractor would not be able to paint new pavement markings in the rain, so the work was postponed, PennDOT spokesman Mike Crochunis said in an email.
The work: 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 (Mount Rose Avenue) will be permanently closed, and the new ramp, which is 1,500 feet south of the current ramp, will be opened to traffic early Wednesday, Oct. 18, if all goes according to plan.
Drivers will go through a new intersection with a traffic signal 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.
Delays: The interchange has gone through many changes over the past two months as the $58.3 million project to widen 1.3 miles of the interstate and rebuild the intersection so that no one has to turn left to get onto the highway.
The work has led to confusion and traffic delays, and many drivers are avoiding the area and taking to social media to complain.
“Avoid Mt Rose and 83 like the plague,” MaryAnn Beaverson wrote on a York Dispatch Facebook post. “What a freakin mess.”