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Route 283 reconstruction project will resume next week in Middletown area

Posted 3/2/18

The Route 283 reconstruction project in southeastern Dauphin County resumes next week with the first of two major traffic pattern changes for the six-mile portion of Route 283 between the Toll House …

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Route 283 reconstruction project will resume next week in Middletown area

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The Route 283 reconstruction project in southeastern Dauphin County resumed this week with the first of two major traffic pattern changes for the six-mile portion of Route 283 between the Toll House Road interchange and the interchange with the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Interstate 283.

This highway carries nearly 56,000 vehicles daily, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

On Sunday night, March 4, the contractor began the process to shift eastbound traffic on Route 283 to the right, on the existing road and onto the temporary shoulder widening that was built last year.

It will take about a week to complete the traffic shift, which also includes installing a concrete barrier.

Two lanes of eastbound Route 283 traffic will be maintained during the daytime hours for the duration of the project. However, from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., traffic might be restricted to a single lane.

During the week of March 11, the contractor will start the process to split westbound traffic by maintaining one lane on the westbound road and the other lane on the eastbound roadway:

The single lane of westbound traffic on the westbound road will serve local traffic with access to and from the Vine Street, Union Street and Airport Connector interchanges. It will be designated for “Local Traffic,” but motorists using it will still be able to continue to I-283 and Harrisburg area destinations. Motorists headed to I-283 are encouraged to use this lane for “Local Traffic.”

The other westbound lane that will be established on the eastbound road will be designated as the “Express Lane” because this westbound traffic will have no access to the ramps for the Vine Street, Union Street and Airport Connector interchanges. Concrete barriers will separate westbound motorists in the Express Lane from eastbound traffic on the eastbound road. Motorists headed to the Pennsylvania Turnpike or Eisenhower Boulevard should use the “Express Lane.”

PennDOT urges drivers to use caution when traveling through the work zone and pay attention to the signing and message boards identifying the new traffic patterns.

The speed limit on Route 283 will be reduced from 65 mph to 55 mph while the new traffic configuration is in effect — probably until mid-to-late November.

This work is part of the $89.4 million project that began last spring to rebuild six miles of Route 283 as well as the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Union Street, and Vine Street interchanges.

Westbound Route 283 will be rebuilt this year; eastbound Route 283 will be reconstructed next year. The structure work on the project includes the superstructure replacement of three mainline bridges, deck replacements of five mainline bridges, bridge preservation work on three overhead bridges, and one new prefabricated retaining wall.

Rehabilitation work on three bridges over Route 283 was completed last year — the Newberry Road, Union Street and Vine Street bridges. The project also includes updated drainage and guiderail, signing and pavement markings, new highway lighting, and 12 new rain gardens to manage storm water.

Toward the end of the project, the construction work in the interchange with the Pennsylvania Turnpike also will establish a new traffic pattern for motorists from westbound Route 283 headed to the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

The existing loop ramp from westbound Route 283 to the Pennsylvania Turnpike will be removed, and this traffic movement will be made instead by making a left turn at a newly signalized intersection

The overall project is scheduled for completion in 2020.