PennDOT releases plans for Gibson Interchange reconstruction

By Jillian Marshall

February 19, 2014 Updated Feb 20, 2014 at 12:27 AM EDT

New Milford, PA (WBNG Binghamton) Changes are coming to a highly traveled exit on Interstate 81. PennDOT held an open house to explain the construction to New Milford residents Wednesday night.

At the open house, PennDOT showed what Exit 219, or the Gibson Interchange, will look like in the future.

PennDOT said they are going to reconstruct the southbound off ramp so it is no longer, a "kamikaze curve", as town officials called it.

They will also add a third lane to the north bound on-ramp to assist drivers when traffic merges.

Emergency Management Coordinator, Ken Bondurant said this is a much needed reconfiguration.

"When you go to get off the highway heading south bound, you almost have to dive bomb off the highway because they're coming right up behind you real quick and when you try to get on the highway, you're entering the slow speed lane on a climbing lane," Bondurant said.

PennDOT will also repair the bridge across the highway.

The whole project will cost $18 million.

Construction is scheduled to start in the spring of 2016 and be completed by 2018.

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