Community Bulletin Board

PA Turnpike Postpones Lehigh Valley Bridge Replacement

Northeastern Extension will remain open this weekend (Sept 29th – Oct 2nd)

HARRISBURG, PA. (Sept. 26, 2017) — The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission today announced the postponement of a planned weekend closure on the Northeastern Extension (I-476) in Lehigh County. The highway will remain open in both directions as the related bridge replacement is to be rescheduled.

PA Turnpike Chief Engineer Brad Heigel explained that a routine analysis conducted over the weekend revealed an issue with the slide mechanism, the steel platform upon which the new bridges were built that enables crews to slide the superstructures into place.

“During a test run, we detected a slight shift had occurred on one side of the slide mechanism, so the Turnpike Commission — together with the engineering-design consultant and the construction contractor — agreed it would not be sensible to move ahead this weekend,” Heigel explained. “The shift would make it extremely difficult for crews to properly slide the new bridge segments into their correct position within the allotted 55-hour detour.”

The delayed bridge replacement is slated to be rescheduled mid-to-late October.


The Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I- 476) north of the Lehigh Valley Interchange up to the next interchange – Mahoning Valley Interchange – will be CLOSED for Bridge Replacement.

See map for suggested DETOUR ROUTES – Route closure begins Friday, September 29 at 9:00 PM, and continues through Monday, October 02 at 4:00 AM.  This detour will have a major impact on Routes 22 and 33, as well as Interstate 78. Be prepared for heavier traffic on the highways.

Job Posting

Township Manager
Municipal management professional to direct, administer, and coordinate operations for Northampton County 2nd class township of approximately 6,000 residents. Responsibilities include public services, public utilities, planning/zoning, administration and finance, and supervision/management of all township employees. Position reports to Board of Supervisors.

Minimum five years’ experience in municipal management. Bachelor’s degree required, master’s in public administration preferred, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
The Township must receive résumés no later than October 9, 2017. Email response encouraged to, or mail hard copy to Township Secretary, Lower Nazareth Township, 623 Municipal Drive, Nazareth, PA 18064. Salary and benefits commensurate with experience. EOE

The PennEast Pipeline Project

  • PennEast Pipeline Company has developed an interactive mapping tool to assist landowners, neighbors and community leaders on the proposed route of the PennEast Pipeline. The map, which is available on our website at, allows users to type their address into the search box to determine the general proximity of the proposed pipeline route to their property.
    • October 8, 2014 – Township Staff met with representatives for the Proposed Pipeline Project. Click here to review the packet of information received at that meeting.
    • PennEast’s website states, “Since we are in the very first stage of a multi-year process, we cannot answer all of the questions at this time. The best way to receive factual information about the project is to visit the project website at The website is updated on a regular basis and many of your questions are addressed in the FAQ tab. If you have additional questions send an electronic message to or call us toll-free at 1-844-347-7119. We will attempt to respond within 24 hours, Monday through Friday and 48 hours on weekends and holidays.”
    • PennEast’s website indicates that “Open houses tentatively will be scheduled for early November. The open houses are not meetings. They are designed to provide attendees an opportunity to visit different stations to talk with experts in the fields of pipeline safety, environment, construction, operations, and land. Attendees may choose to visit whichever station is of most interest and talk with the respective project leads. PennEast will announce the dates and locations in newspaper advertisements, on the project website and in fliers at area libraries.