Drivers now have three lanes to drive through in both directions of Interstate 81 in Cumberland County.
Three lanes of traffic are available in both directions on I-81 between Exit 57 for Route 114 and Exit 59 for Route 581 in Hampden Township, PennDOT announced in a news release Monday.
PennDOT said the northbound I-81 opened to three lanes (instead of two) on Thursday night; and southbound I-81 opened to three lanes Sunday night.
There will still be sporadic single-lane closures within the area of the construction project through the end of November and possibly into December for the removal of the emergency pull-offs in the median, resetting guiderail, and miscellaneous construction activities, PennDOT said.
Additionally, the contractor will continue to work off of the interstate roadway at the sound barrier walls to complete panel installation, painting and grading.
PennDOT has contracted with Blooming Glen Contractors of Blooming Glen, Pennsylvania, for $19.5 million to widen this section of I-81. The project involves extending the northbound on-ramp as an auxiliary ramp between the two interchanges and extending the westbound ramp from Route 581 along southbound I-81 to the interchange with Route 114.
Prep work on this project began in September 2016. There will be a winter shutdown of work until probably late March 2018 when the contractor will resume work to perform base repair, mill the original two lanes of I-81 in each direction and then pave the final wearing course (i.e., the top coat of asphalt) across the entire project.
Project completion is scheduled for the end of May 2018.