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Parts of I-78 and I-81 in Lebanon County are included in a 14 mile PennDOT pavement preservation project that will begin on Sunday, June 6, and be completed by July, 2022.

The project, which will extend west into Dauphin County, will improve ride quality and extend the life of the concrete pavement. 

PennDOT is warning motorists to expect “short-term lane closures and traffic shifts at night between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.,” and that “[r]amp closures also are planned. Updated news releases will be issued prior to the ramp closures.”

According to PennDOT, work limits on I‐78 in Lebanon County will be from the Route 72 overpass to the I‐81 Interchange, and on southbound I‐81 from just north of the I‐78 Interchange to near the Indiantown Gap Road overpass.

PennDOT also says that concrete repairs will occur on northbound I-81 in the area of Route 934 (Exit 85), and guiderail and barrier work will take place on the westbound I‐78 to Route 22 (Exit 8) ramp, including full shoulder replacement of the deteriorated areas along the entire ramp.  

The project includes diamond grinding, concrete patching, spall repair, new signs and pavement markings, and shoulder rumble strips in East Hanover, Union, and Bethel townships in Lebanon County.

J.D. Eckman, Inc., of Atglen, Chester County, is the prime contractor on the $5,517,636 project.

Motorists can check conditions on major roadways by visiting www.511PA.com.
The site provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 1,000 traffic cameras. 

Chris Coyle

Chris Coyle writes primarily on government, the courts, and business. He retired as an attorney at the end of 2018, after concentrating for nearly four decades on civil and criminal litigation and trials. A career highlight was successfully defending a retired Pennsylvania state trooper who was accused,...