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Next phase in York Split construction starts Monday night

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The next phase in the overhaul of the interchange for Route 581 and Interstate 83 in Cumberland County, also known as the York Split, will begin Monday night when construction crews start the process of widening the roads, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

Chester County-based J.D. Eckman Inc. is the contractor on the $22.1 million project that is meant to improve the safety and reduce congestion at the interchange in Lemoyne. PennDOT said last year the project was a priority due to problems at the interchange.

Work crews this year finished a new bridge for Lowther Street over I-83 that was started in May 2012.

On Monday, work crews will start removing concrete barriers and restricting travel lanes at night to begin shoulder work at the interchange in the northbound lanes. Construction will close some on- and off-ramps from I-83 northbound and a new off-ramp to Lowther Street will be built. More extensive work on the interchange will begin in early September.

The entire project is expected to be complete by 2015.

PennDOT is planning a public meeting at Cedar Cliff High School for Aug. 28 at 7 p.m. to introduce the team working on the project and provide an overview of the work.

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