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TRAFFIC CHANGE : PennDOT Activates New Stoplights at 283/Turnpike Exchange

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation(PennDOT) and its contractor will implement a full signal activation on Route 283 at Interstate 76 (Pennsylvania Turnpike) in Lower Swatara Township, Dauphin County.

The signals, which are in temporary flash mode to allow travelers to adjust to the new configuration, will be fully activated on Thursday, December 12. This new configuration will allow motorists traveling on Route 283 westbound to make a left turn onto the new ramp leading to the turnpike.

The old ramp leading to the turnpike, which required traffic to make a right turn off Route 283 westbound, will be closed once full activation of the new signals is completed.

This work is part of an $89.4 million project being conducted by Hempt Bros., Inc. of Camp Hill, Cumberland County, to rebuild six miles of Route 283 as well as the Pa. Turnpike, Union Street, and Vine Street interchanges. Work began in the spring of 2017 with the rehabilitation of the three structures that carry Newberry Road, Union Street, and Vine Street over Route 283. Westbound Route 283 was rebuilt in 2018 and eastbound Route 283 is being reconstructed this year. The overall project is scheduled for completion in 2020 when the final two-inch wearing course layer of Superpave asphalt will be paved in both directions of Route 283.

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