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3½-Month Closure of Major Pa. Turnpike Access Artery Begins Next Week

(File photo: Penndot workers place a roadway advisory sign.)

(File photo: Penndot workers place a roadway advisory sign.)

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By Brad Segall

ABINGTON, Pa. (CBS) — Drivers who use Susquehanna Road through Abington to get to the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Montgomery County will have to find another route, starting Monday.

Construction crews will shut down Susquehanna Road between Easton and Fitzwatertown Roads to install a culvert to help reduce flooding along the Sandy Run Creek.

That’s expected to affect hundreds of drivers who use the road to get to Virginia Drive to go west on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation spokesman Gene Blaum says that stretch of road will be closed 24 hours a day, between this coming Monday and the end of August.

“It is not unusual to have a roadway closed during a major project where you can be removing the roadway and putting in a new structure,” Blaum notes.

The project is good news for people who live in the area because it will provide an additional waterway opening under Susquehanna Road to allow more storm water to flow under the roadway.

Blaum says Limekiln Pike would be a good alternative to get around the construction.

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