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TRAFFIC ALERT - 86 Miles of PA Turnpike to Close This Weekend

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission advises motorists that an 86-mile stretch of the turnpike will be closed in both directions overnight starting at 11 p.m. on March 20 between the New Stanton (Exit #75) and Breezewood (Exit #161) interchanges. The roadway will reopen at approximately 6 a.m. on March 21.

The closure is necessary for crews to safely remove the Country Ridge Road bridge which carries traffic over the turnpike at milepost 144.85 in Bedford Twp., Bedford County. Blasting will be used to remove the bridge. Those living in the area have been notified but should expect to hear the blast overnight.

Motorists at Breezewood and New Stanton interchanges will be given the following suggested detour routes:

Westbound traffic:

Exit PA Turnpike at Breezewood

              Follow US Route 30 West for 18.7 miles.

            Follow US Interstate 99 North for 30.1 miles.

             Follow US Route 22 West for 64.5 miles.

             Follow PA Toll Route 66 South for 13.9 miles.

             Enter PA Turnpike at New Stanton #75

Eastbound traffic:

Exit at New Stanton Interchange

Follow US Route 66 Business north for 0.2 miles.

Follow PA Toll Route 66 north for 14.2 miles.

Follow US Route 22 east for 63.7 miles.

Follow Interstate 99 south for 30.4 miles.

Follow US Route 30 east for 18.3 miles.

Reenter PA Turnpike at Breezewood Interchange 

The more than 100-mile detour is needed because shorter alternate routes cannot safely accommodate the diverted traffic volumes.

Vehicles will be permitted to enter the turnpike at Somerset (Exit #110) and Donegal (Exit #91) interchanges and travel westbound. Vehicles will also be permitted to enter the turnpike at Bedford Interchange (Exit #146) and travel eastbound.

Expect higher traffic volumes on detour roads during the closure. Message boards will be placed to inform customers of the closure.

Prior to the closure information will be posted, and announcements will be made at both the North Midway Service Plaza in Bedford County and the South Somerset Service Plaza in Somerset County warning customers of the closure. If customers remain in those service plazas after 11 p.m. on March 20, they will be required to stay until the road reopens.

To report an accident or other emergency on the PA Turnpike, dial *11 via mobile phone. To learn more about PA Turnpike conditions, use one of these resources:


  • 511PA Smartphone App: real-time, hands-free PA traffic advisories
  • Waze Smartphone App: real-time alerts from other drivers
  • Digital Message Signs: more than 100 boards along the Turnpike



  • 511: dial from any PA roadway for local travel information
  • Pennsylvania Turnpike Customer Assistance Center: 1-800-331-3414, Monday through Friday, 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. (Outside U.S., please call 717-831-7601)

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