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Bridge removal in Beaver County to close part of turnpike on Sunday

| Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

PennDOT officials said on Monday that a portion of the Pennsylvania Turnpike will close early Sunday while crews remove an overhead railroad bridge in Beaver County.

The turnpike will be closed eastbound and westbound between the New Castle interchange, exit 10, and the Beaver Valley interchange, exit 13, from midnight to 5 a.m. Sunday.

Traffic will be routed on a 4 12-mile detour and alternate-route cards will be available to exiting travelers at the interchanges during the closure. Message boards will be placed to inform drivers of the closure along with radio broadcasts at station 1640 AM.

Crews are removing the overhead bridge that carries Norfolk–Southern railroad traffic over the turnpike at milepost 12.67 in Homewood Borough.

Turnpike spokesman Tom Fox said the road is scheduled to be widen to three lanes in the area and the bridge allows only for two lanes to pass underneath.

The detour for eastbound traffic exiting at New Castle: Go straight off of exit ramp to state Route 351 (1 mile); state Route 351 east (2 miles); state Route 18 south (1.5 miles); re-enter the turnpike at Beaver Valley.

The detour for westbound traffic exiting at Beaver Valley: State Route 18 north (.3 miles); state Route 351 west (3.3 miles); toll Interstate 376 east (1 mile); re-enter the turnpike at New Castle.

Bobby Kerlik is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7886 or bkerlik@tribweb.com.

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