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July 17, 2014

Placement of Bridge Beams to Close Northbound Interstate 476 on July 20

Northeastern Extension to be closed for six hours between Lansdale and Quakertown.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission cautions motorists that a 13-mile stretch of the Northeastern Extension (I-476) will be closed northbound for six hours July 20 between the Lansdale (Exit #31) and Quakertown (Exit #44) interchanges. The closure is necessary for the protection of motorists and workers during placement of concrete beams on the structure that carries Ridge Road (State Route 563) over the Turnpike at milepost A37.4 in Salford Township, Montgomery County.
At 12:01 a.m., July 20, northbound traffic will be diverted off at the Lansdale Interchange. By 6 a.m. the detour will be lifted and the Northeastern Extension reopened to traffic.
Southbound I-476 will remain open to motorists traveling south to the east/west Turnpike mainline or to the Mid-County Interchange continuing southbound on the Blue Route (I-476) to I-76/I-95.

Prior to the closure, motorists should be prepared for the northbound right lane to be closed July 19 at 8 p.m. and the southbound left lane to be closed at 10 p.m. between milepost A35-A39. The speed limit will be posted at 40 mph until the single-lane patterns are lifted. Construction-zone speed limits are enforceable and fines will be doubled.
Pennsylvania State Police and Turnpike personnel will be positioned at the Lansdale Interchange to assist motorists. Travelers can tune to radio 1640 AM for detour information and traffic conditions or call the Turnpike Roadway Information line at 866.976.8747. Changeable message signs will also provide updated information regarding closures and detours. Motorists are encouraged to plan accordingly. For emergencies, dial *11 on your mobile phone.

• Traveling northbound on I-476 — Exit at Lansdale Interchange (Exit #31):  take State Route 63 east (Sumneytown Pike) to Route 309 north to State Route 663 south (John Fries Hwy.) to reenter the Turnpike at the Quakertown Interchange (Exit #44) to continue northbound on I-476.

For more information visit the project website: In case of inclement weather, the closure will be rescheduled.
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