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PennDOT to Rehabilitate JFK Boulevard Bridges in Philadelphia


​King of Prussia, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) said today construction will begin Monday, January 23, on a $15.8 million project to rehabilitate three structurally deficient bridges on John F. Kennedy (JFK) Boulevard over 21st, 22nd and 23rd streets in Philadelphia.

Construction on the JFK Boulevard bridges will be performed one half at a time as the department’s contractor replaces the deteriorated deck and beams on the three structurally-deficient, prestressed adjacent box-beam bridges. The deteriorated bridge decks have been in place since the late 1950s.
Beginning Monday, January 23, through Friday, January 27, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, eastbound JFK Boulevard will be closed and detoured between 20th Street and Schuylkill Avenue to establish a new construction traffic pattern. The westbound lanes will reduced to one lane from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Monday, January 23, through Friday, January 27. The eastbound lanes will remain closed through the completion of construction scheduled for August 2018.
During construction, eastbound JFK Boulevard motorists will be detoured over Schuylkill Avenue, 30th Street, Market Street and 20th Street
In addition to replacing the bridge deck, crews will reconstruct JFK Boulevard from the eastern end of the bridge over the Schuylkill River to just east of 21st Street, and widen the sidewalk on the south side to match the sidewalk built on the JFK Boulevard bridge over the Schuylkill River.
Crews will also build a new center median; reconstruct the westbound sidewalk on JFK Boulevard to allow for a future multi-use trail; construct a pedestrian stairway and ramp from the westbound sidewalk to 22nd Street; and install new drainage, pavement markings and highway lighting.
Following the completion of construction, the eastbound single-lane pattern on JFK Boulevard will be extended from the bridge over the Schuylkill River to just east of 21st Street.
C. Abbonizio Contractors, Inc., of Sewell, NJ, is the general contractor on the $15,884,978 project which is financed with 100 percent state funds.
This project is a follow up to the structural improvements made from 2007 to 2009 when PennDOT rehabilitated the JFK Boulevard bridge over the Schuylkill River under a $17.9 million project.
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