Monday, April 24, 2017

PennDOT Announces Repair Project to Begin Tonight on 2 Interstate 81 Exits

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) District 5 repairs on Monday that will begin tonight to improve Interstate 81 between exits 124 (Frackville, PA 61)  and 131 (Mahanoy City, PA 54) in Ryan and Mahanoy townships in Schuylkill County.

Starting at 6:00 PM tonight, Interstate 81 north will be reduced to a single lane through 6:00 AM on Friday, and is anticipated to be reduced to a single lane from 6:00 PM on Mondays through 6:00 AM on Fridays for the duration of the project.

Then beginning May 30 through the end of the project, I-81 south will also be reduced to a single lane from 6:00 PM on Mondays through 6:00 AM on Fridays.

All lanes will be open on I-81 north and south from 6:00 AM each Friday through 6:00 PM each Monday.

Work on this section of I-81 includes milling, paving, and placing new line paint on the section of I-81. The project also includes milling and paving the interchange ramps at Exit 124 (PA 61). Updates will be provided whenever traffic patterns change.

Motorists are reminded to be alert for these operations, to obey work zone signs, and to slow down when approaching and traveling through work zones. These precautions are not only for their safety, but for the safety of the road crews.

H&K Group, Inc. of Skippack, Pa. is the general contractor on the $10,993,381 project. Work is expected to be complete in July 2018.

The average daily traffic volume on this section of I-81 is 12,001 vehicles northbound and 13,032 vehicles southbound.

For more information on projects occurring or being bid this year, those made possible by or accelerated by the state transportation funding plan (Act 89), or those on the department’s Four and Twelve Year Plans, visit

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