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PennDOT Completes Erie Avenue Bridge Removal

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) reopened Erie Avenue on May 27 after construction finished to remove the bridge over the abandoned Conrail line and reconstruct the roadway between 3rd Street and Lawrence Street in the Hunting Park section of Philadelphia. Erie Avenue had been closed to traffic since work began in December 2020.

 The work is part of a project to remove two bridges and reconstruct the roadways that carry Erie Avenue over the abandoned Conrail line and the bridge carrying 5th Street over the abandoned Conrail line between Hunting Park Avenue and Bristol Street. 

5th Street Bridge Removal and Reconstruction

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Work to remove and reconstruct 5th Street is expected to begin on July 5. During construction, 5th Street will be closed and detoured in both directions between Hunting Park Avenue and Bristol Street for approximately 12 months (372 days).  

The 5th Street structure is one of two deteriorating bridges that PennDOT is removing under a $7.7 million project, which is financed with 100% state funds. Construction finished last month to remove the bridge that carried Erie Avenue over an abandoned Conrail line and to rebuild the roadway between 3rd Street and Lawrence Street.

Beginning Tuesday, July 5, 5th Street will be closed and detoured between Hunting Park Avenue and Bristol Street through July 2023 for bridge demolition and roadway reconstruction.  

Bristol Street will also be closed and detoured at the intersection with 5th Street beginning Tuesday, July 5, through early November, for water main relocation.

During the closures, the following detours (maps below) will be in place for passenger vehicles, trucks and pedestrians:

  • Northbound 5th Street Passenger and Truck Detour: Left on Hunting Park Avenue, Right on 6th Street and Right on Cayuga Street;
  • Southbound 5th Street Passenger Vehicle Detour When Bristol Street Is Closed: Right on Cayuga Street, Left on 6th Street and Left on Hunting Park Avenue;
  • Southbound 5th Street Passenger Vehicle Detour When Bristol Street Is Open: Left on Bristol Street, Right on Rising Sun Avenue and Right on Hunting Park Avenue;
  • Southbound 5th Street Truck Detour: Turn left on Wyoming Avenue, Right on Rising Sun Avenue and Right on Hunting Park Avenue; and
  • Pedestrian Detour: Bristol Street, 3rd Street and Hunting Park Avenue.

Local access will be maintained up to the closures. Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling near the work area or on the detour routes because backups and delays will occur.

The purpose of this project is to remove a deteriorating bridge in poor condition, provide a long-term transportation facility that is built to current standards and capable of handling the volume of expected traffic along this city street, and ensure a safe and efficient movement of multi-model transportation along a locally important network.

Tony DePaul and Son is the general contractor on the $7.8 million project, which is financed with 100% state funds. The entire project is expected to finish in July 2023.

5th Street Fact Sheets

Fact Sheet 5th St. Avenue Bridge Removal (PDF)

Fact Sheet-5th St Avenue Bridge Removal - Spanish (PDF)

5th Street Detour Maps

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