The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced that its contractor is preparing to shift traffic on Route 283 in Lower Swatara and Londonderry townships, Dauphin County, to place the highway into its final configuration for winter. The contractor is removing temporary barrier that separates the Route 283 eastbound right travel lane from the work zone, which will allow both eastbound lanes to be open to unrestricted traffic on the highway’s eastbound permanent alignment.
When that work is completed the express lane will be closed and temporary barrier will be removed from Route 283 westbound so both lanes can be open to unrestricted traffic on the highway’s westbound permanent alignment.
To complete the traffic switch, there will are lane restrictions in place on Route 283. Eastbound restrictions are finished, but westbound restrictions start at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, and run through to 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16. Should weather delay the completion of the traffic switch, an additional lane restriction on Route 283 westbound will be implemented from 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, to 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 23.
This work is part of an $89.4 million project being conducted by Hempt Bros., Inc. of Camp Hill, Cumberland County, to rebuild six miles of Route 283 as well as the Pa. Turnpike, Union Street, and Vine Street interchanges. Work began in the spring of 2017 with the rehabilitation of the three structures that carry Newberry Road, Union Street, and Vine Street over Route 283. Westbound Route 283 was rebuilt in 2018 and eastbound Route 283 was reconstructed this year.
Various earthwork operations will be performed during the winter season along with continued substructure repair work. Cable median barrier will be installed between December 2019 and May 2020. The final two-inch wearing course layer of Superpave asphalt will be paved in both directions of Route 283 starting in April 2020, and various substructure repair work will continue through the completion of the project in November 2020.