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March 25, 2014
Turnpike Bridge Work on I-476 to Close Pohopoco Drive in Carbon County Next Week

Detour to remain in effect through summer 2016 during replacement of two mainline bridges.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission advises motorists that the Turnpike underpass at Pohopoco Drive in Franklin Township will be closed and traffic detoured by 7 a.m. on April 3 conditions permitting.
Message boards have been activated to alert motorists of the scheduled road closure. Once closed on April 3, traffic will be detoured between Harrity Road and Grange Road, with a posted detour route directing traffic west on Harrity Road, north on Fairyland Road, east on Grange Road to south on Pohopoco Drive.
Local access on Pohopoco Drive in Franklin Township will be available from either direction to the bridge; however, there will not be any vehicle or pedestrian traffic allowed through the underpass once the detour is implemented. The date is subject to change due to weather conditions.

In October 2013, New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co., started construction on the $22.1 million project to replace two Turnpike mainline bridges that cross State Route 209 and the Pohopoco Creek, and Pohopoco Drive in Carbon County. The bridges are located approximately 0.23 miles north of the Mahoning Valley Interchange (Exit #74) on the Northeastern Extension (I-476).
The Turnpike mainline bridge that crosses over Pohopoco Drive is being replaced in stages to allow the contractor to maintain traffic on I-476. For the protection of the workers and motorists during the overhead construction-related activities, the contractor is required to close Pohopoco Drive and detour traffic for the duration of the project, expected to be completed by June 2016.