The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission advises motorists to be prepared for possible overnight delays beginning June 15 as single-lane patterns and two-way traffic go into effect for the next eight months at the Allegheny Tunnel located at milepost 122 in Somerset County.
Crews will be putting a crossover pattern in place to divert traffic into one tunnel resulting in bi-directional traffic Monday through Thursday beginning at 8 p.m. each night in June. The eastbound tunnel will be closed first, which means bi-directional traffic traveling in the westbound tunnel.
This overnight work is part of a two-year project needed to replace all lighting in both tunnels. The traffic restrictions needed as a result of this project should end in January of 2021 depending on the weather conditions. This lighting project is in addition to the daytime maintenance work that is occurring inside the Allegheny Tunnel which will be completed June 25.
Motorists should stay alert when approaching and entering the tunnel. Drivers are urged to slow down and keep an adequate distance from the vehicle you are following; remain in your lane and do not pass in the tunnel.
If you experience car trouble and cannot safely exit the tunnel, stay in your car, put on your hazard lights and wait for assistance. Tunnel personnel will monitor closed-circuit cameras and send help for disabled vehicles.
No work will take place over the July 4th holiday. All restrictions will be lifted in anticipation of higher traffic volumes. After the holiday, crews will work a Monday through Friday schedule which will begin at approximately 8 p.m. each night.
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