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TURNPIKE OPENS SOUTHBOUND RAMPS AT MID-COUNTY INTERCHANGE

 TURNPIKE OPENS SOUTHBOUND RAMPS AT MID-COUNTY INTERCHANGE
 PHILADELPHIA, May 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Turnpike will open a second ramp at the Mid-County Interchange on Wednesday, May 20, at 1 p.m.
 The new ramp will link southbound traffic from the Northeast Extension (PA Route 9) directly onto I-476 (Blue Route).
 The new ramp, which will open in time for the Memorial Day weekend, is expected to minimize traffic congestion in the area surrounding the Norristown Interchange (No. 25). Originally this ramp was not scheduled to be opened until the completion of the Mid-County Interchange (No. 25A), in late 1992. It is being opened early to help accommodate the thousands of southbound travelers on the Northeast Extension who want to connect with the new 21.5-mile section of I-476.
 Motorists wanting to make this connection should stay in the left lane as they approach the junction of the east/west Turnpike and look for Exit 25A. They will cross over the east/west Turnpike using a new bridge, continue on the new ramp, and exit the Turnpike through the new Mid-County Interchange toll plaza. Movements for northbound traffic will not change.
 Tolls for motorists exiting the Pennsylvania Turnpike via the southbound ramp of the Mid-County Interchange will be identical to those charged at the Norristown Interchange. For example, whether a traveler exits the Turnpike system at Norristown or Mid-County interchanges, the toll for a car driving from the Lehigh Valley Interchange (No. 33) would be $1.45.
 The Mid-County Interchange, adjacent to the Norristown Interchange, will be part of the 21.5-mile stretch of I-476 linking the Blue Route with the Pennsylvania Turnpike's main line and the Turnpike's Northeast Extension.
 The Mid-County Interchange is the first additional interchange on the Turnpike's main line to be constructed since completion of the Scranton Interchange on the Northeast Extension in 1957. The interchange will have the largest toll plaza on the entire 470-mile Turnpike with a total of 17 lanes for entering and exiting traffic and eight access ramps. Scheduled for completion late in 1992, Turnpike engineers project the average daily traffic volume during the opening year at 20,000 to 22,000 vehicles daily. Estimated cost of the interchange is $70 million.
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 /Editors: A map showing the new ramp at the Mid-County Interchange is available Sally Branca, director, 717-939-9551, ext. 2850./
 /CONTACT: Sally Grant Branca of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, 717-939-9551/ CO: Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission ST: Pennsylvania IN: TRN SU:


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