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DONEGAL, PA. Offramps will close at busy interchange



Published: Sat, July 6, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



The exit is heavily traveled by skiers and white-water rafters.

DONEGAL, Pa. -- The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission announced that the westbound offramps at the Donegal interchange (#9/91) in Westmoreland County will be temporarily shut down during a planned closure at midnight Tuesday.

The ramps will remain closed for 10 days while construction crews demolish the bridge that carries mainline turnpike traffic over the westbound entry and exit lanes. Some additional ramp work will also be performed. As a result, westbound turnpike traffic will not be able to exit at the Donegal interchange, and traffic entering the turnpike at Donegal will not be able to go west during this closure.

Well-traveled route

The exchange is one of the most-traveled routes by people going to the Hidden Valley and Seven Springs ski resorts or to white-water raft on the Youghiogheny River in Pennsylvania and the Cheat River in West Virginia.

The westbound ramps will reopen by July 19.

During the closure, eastbound traffic can still use the Donegal Interchange to get on and off the turnpike.

This work is being completed as part of the total reconstruction of the turnpike between mileposst 85 and 94. The $66.8 million project involves a complete rebuilding of the road and improvements to the interchange. Because this work cannot be completed in rain, the closure may be rescheduled in case of inclement weather.

Detours

Detour information:

UWestbound turnpike traffic that would typically exit at Donegal should instead exit at Somerset interchange (#10/110) and follow the orange detour: Somerset interchange to Pa. Route 601 South to Pa. Route 31 West.

UCars that would typically enter the turnpike at Donegal and go west should follow the blue detour: Pa. Route 31 West to Pa. Route 982 South to Pa. Route 119 North, entering the turnpike at New Stanton (#8/75).

UCommercial vehicles that would typically enter the turnpike at Donegal and go west should follow the black detour: Pa. Route 711 North to Pa. Route 30 West to Turnpike 66 South (Amos K. Hutchinson Bypass) entering the turnpike at New Stanton (#8/75).

For up-to-date information, the turnpike advises approaching motorists to tune in car radios to 1640 AM when so alerted by variable message signs. In addition, real-time traffic conditions and project-specific construction information are posted on the turnpike Web site, www.paturnpike.com.




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