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BELLEFONTE — As work continues, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is providing an update in early May for its local/Route 26 interchange project in Center County. The work area is located along I-80 near the Bellefonte/161 interchange and may affect traffic on Interstate 80 and Route 26.

Motorists should anticipate the following the week of May 9:

Interstate 80 eastbound:

— Drivers should expect delays due to rolling slowdowns while the contractor conducts blasting operations on Monday and Tuesday May 9th and 10th.

— During the night of Monday May 9 to Thursday May 12, closure of the right lane (travel) on

Eastbound I-80 will move all traffic to the crossover lane. Night hours are 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.

— During daylight hours, eastbound I-80 in a long-range configuration that sees traffic in the left lane using the intersection with westbound I-80. Traffic in the traffic lane remains on I-80 eastbound and will be moved to the shoulder as it passes through the work zone. Upon exiting the work zone, traffic on the shoulder will revert to the travel lane and traffic from the intersection will merge onto I-80 eastbound in the left lane.

Interstate 80 westbound:

— Drivers should expect delays due to rolling slowdowns while the contractor conducts blasting operations on Monday and Tuesday May 9th and 10th.

— Westbound I-80 is now in its long-term configuration for the summer with two lanes shifted to the right. The right lane runs on the outside shoulder and the left lane runs on what was the travel lane.

On Route 26, flaggers will be on the roadway to enforce an alternating traffic pattern while drainage work continues. Lane restrictions will be lifted by the end of the day each day.

Work this season includes three miles of rebuilding on I-80 eastbound, completing new ramps and a connecting road, completing the bridge structure, and rebuilding and improving of a section of Route 26.

The proposed I-80/Route 26 local interchange is east of Bellefonte and is part of a long overdue safety improvement in Center County. State College’s HRI, Inc. is the contractor for this $52 million project. Updated information is available on the project page at

The Local Interchange Project is the first phase of a three-phase project to construct a local access, high-speed interchange connection between I-99 and I-80 and make road improvements of Jacksonville. In July 2018, the project received an initial $35 million federal grant from the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA). Completion of all three phases will support the regional freight economy and improve the reliability of road travel throughout the region.

Motorists can check conditions on major roads by visiting The 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to over 1,000 traffic cameras.

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