Lane Closures on Interstate I-476 to Impact Traffic at Mid-County

PennDOT Construction between Interchange and I-76 will close lanes overnight.

KING OF PRUSSIA, PA (08/17/2010)(readMedia)-- The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission advises motorists traveling southbound on Interstate 476 to stay alert for slow-moving or stopped traffic when entering and exiting the PA Turnpike system at the Mid-County Interchange Wednesday and Thursday (August 18-19) nights. Both express lanes and all conventional E-ZPass and cash lanes at the Mid-County Toll Plaza will remain open.

PennDOT construction crews are preparing to relocate construction barriers, and perform other work in preparation for shifting traffic to the inside half of the southbound highway between the Turnpike's Mid-County (Exit 20) Interchange and Interstate 76 (Exit 16) Interchange on the Blue Route.

Wednesday (Aug. 18) and Thursday (Aug. 19) night from 10 p.m. – 5 a.m. the following morning PennDOT crews will close the southbound "express lane" on the northbound side of the I-476.

In addition to the "express lane" closure Thursday night, one of two local southbound lanes on the Blue Route will be closed reducing I-476 south to a single lane through the work zone. The double-lane closure will allow crews to complete work on construction entrances and other activities related to the upcoming traffic shift scheduled later this month.

Motorists should proceed with caution traveling through PennDOT construction on the Blue Route and anticipate delays at the Mid-County Interchange. The scheduled activities are weather dependent and may be postponed until the following night in the event of rain.

PennDOT reminds motorists to call 511 from any phone or log on to to check traffic conditions on I-476. Tow truck coverage will be provided within the construction area to assist motorists and quickly remove disabled vehicles from I-476.

If the Turnpike's Highway Advisory Radio is activated, as indicated by yellow flashing lights, please tune to Radio 1640 AM for updates. Motorists can also get real-time Pa. Turnpike alerts by calling 866-976-8747 (TRIP). The toll-free, voice-activated TRIP line has frequent updates and provides targeted audio alerts for specific Turnpike sections.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is committed to distributing complete, accurate and consistent travel information and providing exceptional customer service. Visit the PA Turnpike website at for project updates. Be in the know before you go and call 866.976.TRIP (866.976.8747).