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TEMPORARY CLOSING FOR NEW LEHIGH TUNNEL ANNOUNCED

 TEMPORARY CLOSING FOR NEW LEHIGH TUNNEL ANNOUNCED
 PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Starting at 8:30 a.m. Monday,


Dec. 9, and continuing for four days until 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission will close the new Lehigh Tunnel (No. 2 tube) to southbound traffic.
 The closure is necessary so that contractors can have free and unobstructed access to the tunnel interior.
 During the shutdown, contractors will be performing balancing, adjusting and testing of fans for the tunnel's exhaust system. Concurrent with the exhaust fan work, the contractors will be making connections to some of the automatic control/traffic monitoring equipment.
 At this time, the University of Pennsylvania will also deliver and install in the mid-tunnel crosspassage way data-gathering equipment for a solar neutrino counting experiment.
 According to James B. Wilson, associate executive director and chief engineer, "This closure is not unexpected. By postponing this work, we were able to open the new tunnel and four lanes of traffic in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. The tasks can now be done during a period of lighter traffic."
 Due to the temporary closing, all southbound traffic will be directed through the old Lehigh Tunnel (No. 1 tube). Both north- and southbound traffic will use the old tunnel for the four-day period.
 With completion of the scheduled work, both tunnels will be back to normal operation prior to the upcoming peak holiday period with two lanes of southbound traffic using tunnel No. 2 and two lanes of northbound traffic using tunnel No. 1. Travelers are advised to use caution when driving in this area.
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 /CONTACT: Christina M. Hampton of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, 215-828-4270/ CO: Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission ST: Pennsylvania IN: TRN SU:


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