Section of Turnpike closing overnight

Motorists are being advised that the Turnpike will be closed in both directions between the Bedford, Exit 146, and Breezewood, Exit 161, interchanges

starting at 11:30 p.m.

Saturday until about

5 a.m. Sunday, weather permitting, according to the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission.

The closure is needed for crews to safely remove the bridge that carries traffic on Hazelette Street over the Turnpike at milepost 154.5 in West Providence Township, Bedford County. Prior to the closure, lane restrictions will be in place both eastbound and westbound to position the equipment needed for the bridge removal.

Throughout the evening prior to the closure, announcements will be made inside the South Midway Service Plaza to warn customers that they will not be permitted to continue driving after 11 p.m. Saturday. Announcements also will be made inside the Sideling Hill Service Plaza warning westbound drivers of the closure at Breezewood Interchange. Message boards also will be in place to inform customers of the closure.

Motorists exiting Bedford and Breezewood interchanges will be given recommended detour routes.

Eastbound traffic exiting the Turnpike at the Bedford Interchange will be given this suggested detour:

U.S. Route 220 north

(0.2 miles) to U.S. Route 220 south (2.5 miles) to U.S. Route 30 East (18.5 miles).

Traffic will re-enter the

PA Turnpike at the Breezewood Interchange.

Westbound traffic exiting the Turnpike at the Breezewood Interchange will be given this suggested detour:

U.S. Route 30 West (18.5 miles) to U.S. Route 220 North (2.5 miles) to U.S. Route 220 North (0.2 miles).

Traffic will re-enter the Turnpike at the Bedford Interchange.

During the closure, expect higher traffic volumes on detour roads.

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