Lane shift on I-83 at Shrewsbury exit postponed until next week
Lane changes on Interstate 83 at Exit 4 have been postponed until next week, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced Tuesday afternoon.
Traffic will be restricted to a single lane on Interstate 83 at Exit 4 in Shrewsbury on Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 17 and 18.
Officials will shift southbound I-83 traffic between 9 p.m. Monday and 6 a.m. Tuesday and northbound traffic between 9 p.m. Tuesday and 6 a.m. Wednesday. The section of I-83 averages more than 44,300 vehicles daily, according to a news release from PennDOT.
The work was originally planned for this week, but it was pushed back for a few reasons.
"Before doing the traffic switch, the contractor needed to do a non-slip treatment on the bridge deck," PennDOT spokesperson Fritzi Schreffler said in an email Wednesday. "One of their pieces of equipment broke down, so they were not able to complete the work when they had planned.
"They are working on it, but it obviously pushed things back a bit. Plus there are some weather concerns that could push them back as well, so they opted for next week instead."
Construction crews are going to paint lines, set barriers and shift traffic to the outside lane and shoulder in preparation for construction of the interior sections of the I-83 bridge over Route 851, the Deer Creek culvert, and the left lanes and shoulders of the interstate.
Flaggers will assist in shifting traffic on Route 851 between I-83 and Mount Airy Road on Wednesday night, Aug. 18. That section of Route 851 averages more than 16,000 vehicles daily, the release said.
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