Mount Rose Ave. loop for southbound I-83 drivers ends Saturday

The temporary "loop" for drivers merging onto southbound Interstate 83 at the Mount Rose Avenue interchange project is finally going away this weekend.

The switch will move traffic from Mount Rose Avenue to a newly constructed roadway and bridge spanning the interstate, allowing workers to reconstruct the existing roadway.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced that the change would go into effect Saturday evening and should be completed on Sunday, weather permitting.

The "temporary" pattern was put into place in 2017.

The Haines Road, Camp Betty Washington Road, and Mount Rose Avenue intersection as seen on Saturday, April 25, 2020. Construction restarted at the site after Governor Wolf allowed certain road project to resume work following the COVID-19 shutdown.
John A. Pavoncello photo

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After the switch, westbound traffic traveling from Mount Rose onto I-83 south will forgo the right turn that formerly required drivers to loop back to the on-ramp using Greenhill Road. They will now be able to take make a left turn directly onto the ramp.

The existing southbound I-83 off-ramp will be temporarily closed and later reconstructed. The northbound on-ramp from Mount Rose Avenue eastbound will also close temporarily.

Eastbound traffic to I-83 north will be rerouted to turn right onto the I-83 south on-ramp and use the 16A exit at Queen Street to access the interstate.