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Traffic alert: Route 851 near I-83 in Shrewsbury down to one lane.

York Daily Record logo York Daily Record 6/6/2019 Brandie Kessler
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Motorists traveling on Route 851 near Interstate 83 in Shrewsbury will want to allow more time for travel.

Route 851 westbound between Wolfe Road and I-83 is being restricted to a single lane, shifted into the center-turn lane, to allow room for reconstruction as part of a long-term traffic pattern for ongoing road work, according to a release from the state Department of Transportation. The release didn't say for how long the restriction will be in place.

The work is part of a project to improve and reconstruct a new interchange at I-83 Exit 4 for Route 851 and Shrewsbury borough in southern York County, PennDot said.

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The $29,867,900 Diverging Diamond Interchange construction contract was awarded in February to Kinsley Construction and includes replacing the northbound and southbound bridges that carry I-83 over Route 851 with two-span structures.

This will allow enough clearance for Route 851 to be widened to four lanes and realigned into the new configuration, the release states.

Work will also reconstruct and lengthen the on- and off-ramps within the interchange, replace the culvert that carries Deer Creek beneath it, and install traffic signals, drainage, sidewalks, stormwater management facilities, highway lighting, guiderail, signs and pavement markings, according to the release.

Work this spring focused on preparations to relocate underground utilities along Route 851, construct portions of the box culvert that carries Deer Creek and reconstruct the I-83 median to prepare for future stages of construction.

What about I-83?

Two lanes of traffic will be maintained in each direction along I-83 during construction except for short-term, off-peak lane closures to adjust traffic patterns. PennDOT expects the project to be completed in the summer of 2021.

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Motorists might encounter single-lane restrictions on I-83 in either direction during overnight hours, 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. More than 45,500 vehicles per day travel this section of I-83.

This section of Route 851, locally known as East Forrest Avenue, averages more than 10,500 vehicles daily.

For more information on the projects, visit www.projects.penndot.gov.

Photos: Case & Keg had to be moved for the project:

a sign on the side of a building: Case & Keg placed a sign in front of its former business location at the Interstate 83 Exit 4 interchange saying that it had moved to 537 S. Main St. in Shrewsbury. The move was prompted by plans to reconstruct the interchange.

This article originally appeared on York Daily Record: Traffic alert: Route 851 near I-83 in Shrewsbury down to one lane.

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