Monday, June 2, 2008
An $11.2 million construction project on Interstate 279 (Parkway North) began today. Work starts with the reconstruction of the HOV lanes which will remain closed until after July 4th. PennDOT spokesman Jim Struzzi says the construction is part of preventative maintenance on the roadway. As a result of the HOV lanes closing, Struzzi also advises that drivers be prepared for heavy traffic on the Parkway North. Work on the HOV lane is stage I of a 3-stage reconstruction project aimed at preventing deterioration of the 19 year-old interstate. The HOV will be used to carry one lane of mainline traffic when work begins on the southbound, or inbound lanes of the Parkway North between Exit 7 Route 28 and Exit 15 Camp Horne Road. The majority of the roadwork will be at night and on weekends. After Labor Day, the work will switch to the outbound lanes.