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May 27, 2014
Traffic Restrictions Planned Between Donegal and Somerset Interchanges

Bi-directional traffic paces needed to complete blasting operations for total reconstruction project.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission advises motorists that bi-directional traffic paces between Donegal Interchange (Exit #91) and Somerset Interchange (Exit #110) will occur over the next 8 weeks beginning May 28.  The 20-minute traffic paces will start eastbound at Donegal Interchange and westbound at Somerset Interchange at approximately 10:30 a.m. every other day Monday through Friday through late July.

During the 20-minute paces, a state police vehicle will restrict eastbound and westbound Turnpike traffic to a speed of 20-25 miles an hour, allowing the contractor a window of time to perform the blasting of the rock slope between mileposts 99 and 102. The roadway will be inspected after each blast to confirm safe conditions before traffic is released.

Motorists in the area should be prepared for slow-moving traffic and possible intermittent stoppages. The Turnpike conducts pacing maneuvers in certain construction situations as an alternative to full roadway closures and detours.  Work schedules are subject to change based on weather conditions and other circumstances.

This blasting work is part of the total reconstruction project between mileposts 99 and 102, which is a $31.9 million project.

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