By Brad Segall

TOWAMENCIN, Pa. (CBS) — Construction is about to begin on a major reconstruction project along the northeast extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

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Crews will begin working to reconstruct and widen five miles of highway between Berks Road and the Lansdale Interchange in Montgomery County — the busiest stretch of highway along the toll road.

The road will get a makeover and will be widened from four lanes to six.

The eleven-mile stretch between Mid-County and the Lansdale interchange carries more than 65,000 cars a day.  State Rep. Kate Harper (second from left in photo) says most of those people are going to work, making it a major commuter road for the area.

“If you get into trouble in the left lane — tire blows out, something happens to your engine — there’s nowhere to go,” she said today.  “Currently the road is just not able to handle that volume of traffic.”

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The nearly $200-million project is being funded entirely by toll revenue: no state or federal dollars are involved.

Work is expected to be finished by late 2016.

Turnpike officials say the “southern” widening project — from Mid-County to Berks Road, which has been under construction for nearly three years — should be ready by October of this year.


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