The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has announced that a 12.3-mile resurfacing project on Interstate 81 in Cumberland County is expected to begin in early October 2019.

This is a pavement preservation project that includes milling, resurfacing, base repairs, concrete patching, guiderail upgrades, pavement markings, and minor bridge work on I-81 in Southampton, Shippensburg, South Newton, and Penn townships. The work limits for this project are from the Franklin County line in Shippensburg Township to the Kutz Road bridge in Penn Township, Cumberland County.

Work this fall will consist of pavement patching and crack repairs. The contractor will work weekly from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday nights through Thursday mornings beginning Sunday, Oct. 6. 

Lane closures not to exceed four miles in length will be implemented during work hours. There will be no traffic restrictions during non-work hours, including major holidays, during this project.

Work will be shut down and traffic restrictions lifted in mid-to-late November and restart in the spring.  This project is expected to be completed by October 2022.

New Enterprise Stone and Lime Company Inc. is the prime contractor on this $26.48 million project.