September 18, 2018
Nighttime Closures Scheduled for I-83 Southbound Ramp to Route 22 at Exit 50 near Colonial Park
-- Night work will affect traffic on Wednesday and Thursday nights from 9 PM to 6 AM the next morning. --
Harrisburg, PA – The contractor for the Interstate 83 Exit 50 interchange project near Colonial Park in Lower Paxton Township, Dauphin County, will be repaving portions of the off-ramp from southbound I-83 to Route 22 on Wednesday and Thursday nights, Sept. 19 and 20, between 9 PM and 6 AM the next morning (though the contractor will likely finish sooner). To do this work, it will be necessary to close the off-ramp from southbound I-83 to Route 22 and detour motorists further south to Exit 48 (Union Deposit Road) and from there redirect them back north on I-83 to Exit 50 and Route 22. Motorists are asked to be alert to this operation, to obey all work zone signs, and to slow down when approaching and traveling through the work area – for their safety as well as for the safety of the construction crews.
This work at the I-83 Exit 50 interchange is part of an overall construction contract that began in 2016 to replace three bridges that cross over I-83 in Lower Paxton Township – Elmerton Avenue (State Route 3026), Route 22 (Jonestown Road) and Union Deposit Road (SR 3020). The Elmerton Avenue bridge was rebuilt in 2016. Construction of the Union Deposit Road bridge at I-83 Exit 48 wrapped up last fall. The Route 22 bridge at the I-83 Exit 50 interchange should be substantially complete by the end of this year. All three new bridges will provide greater lateral under clearance to provide the width necessary to widen I-83 to six lanes. The I-83 widening project is currently scheduled to start late this year and finish in 2021.
PennDOT has contracted with New Enterprise Stone & Lime Company, Inc. of New Enterprise, Pennsylvania, to conduct the three bridge replacements at a cost of $34,199,999. The overall project with the three bridges is scheduled to wrap up in spring 2019.