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County would be ‘far different’ minus its major roadways: Sentinel News

November 21, 2009: Sentinel News

County would be ‘far different’ minus its major roadways

by Jason Scott


Traffic drives under Interstate 81 at the New Kingstown exit on the Harrisburg Pike. (Jason Malmont/The Sentinel)

Carlisle is certainly no stranger to commercial traffic.

With much of the borough and surrounding area located between or straddling Interstate 81 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike — two highways that see high volumes of tractor-trailers — it’s hard not to spot your fair share of trucks on a daily basis.

Between the Carlisle and Blue Mountain exits of the turnpike (Interstate 76), the highway sees an average daily traffic count of 22,200 vehicles — 36 percent of that truck traffic.

“Across the turnpike, trucks account for an average of 14 percent of the total traffic volumes, so you can see that we have a much higher concentration of tractor-trailer traffic on the turnpike around Carlisle,” said Carl DeFebo, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission.

At the Middlesex exit of I-81, which connects to Route 11 and leads to the turnpike, northbound traffic is more than 30,400 vehicles every day, while southbound is more than 34,400.


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