CONTACT: Mimi Doyle
Phone: 610-313-6383

March 28, 2014
Heavy Traffic Expected on Interstate 476 at Mid-County April 1

Northbound and Southbound Express E-ZPass lanes to close for toll-equipment upgrades.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission advises motorists traveling southbound on the Northeastern Extension (Interstate 476) and northbound on the Blue Route (Interstate 476) to be prepared for slow-moving or stopped traffic approaching the Mid-County Interchange (Exit #20) when the Express E-ZPass lanes will be closed at 9 a.m. on April 1.

Customers exiting the Northeastern Extension at the ramp to enter I-276 westbound may also experience delays.  Multiple conventional E-ZPass and cash lanes will remain open at all times for traffic exiting the Turnpike system to continue southbound on the Blue Route to I-76 and I-95.

At 9 a.m. the Turnpike will set a traffic pattern north of Exit 19 on the Blue Route, closing the northbound Express E-ZPass lanes and diverting traffic to the right through conventional (5 mph) E-ZPass lanes and mixed-mode lanes (E-ZPass & cash).

The closure will allow the Turnpike ample time to perform preventative maintenance on the equipment in the Express E-ZPass lanes. Northbound and southbound Express E-ZPass Lanes will be reopened to traffic by 3 p.m.

The work is dependent on the weather and could be rescheduled for April 2.

If the Turnpike's Highway Advisory Radio is activated, as indicated by yellow flashing lights, please tune to Radio 1640 AM for updates. For emergencies, please dial *11.

Weather could delay or cancel the closure. Travelers can get Turnpike traffic alerts by calling 866-976-TRIP (8747) or visiting the live Travel Conditions Map online at The Turnpike’s smartphone app, TRIP Talk, streams audio advisories to iPhone and Droid users so they can keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. To download the free app, visit