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Southbound Schuylkill Avenue near 30th Street Station to Close for 15 Months in Philadelphia

11/01/2017

King of Prussia, PA – Beginning at approximately 8:00 PM Monday, November 6, southbound Schuylkill Avenue near 30th Street Station in Philadelphia will be closed between Market Street and Chestnut Street for approximately 15 months for rehabilitation of the structure over eastbound Interstate 76, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today. The closure will allow crews to remove the median islands and paving on Schuylkill Avenue and rehabilitate the section of the Schuylkill Avenue viaduct over eastbound I-76.
 
During the 15-month closure, motorists traveling eastbound on Market Street will no longer be permitted to turn right onto southbound Schuylkill Avenue to access the ramp to eastbound I-76 at Walnut Street. Drivers wanting access to the ramp will be directed to use 23rd Street and Walnut Street.
 
In addition to the closure, lane restriction will be in place on eastbound Chestnut Street between 31st Street and Schuylkill Avenue from 9:00 PM Monday, November 6, to 5:00 AM Tuesday, November 7, for barrier placement and line painting to establish a new, long-term traffic pattern.
 
The new pattern will narrow that two-block section of Chestnut Street from three through lanes-to-two through lanes. The pattern change is related to the rehabilitation of the viaduct that carries Chestnut Street over rail lines and other facilities between 30th Street and Schuylkill Avenue.
 
For pedestrians, the sidewalk on the south side of Market Street at Schuylkill Avenue and the sidewalk on the north side of Chestnut Street at Schuylkill Avenue will be closed.
 
The work is part of PennDOT’s $103.6 million project to rehabilitate the Chestnut Street bridge over the Schuylkill River and eight other nearby structures, including those carrying Schuylkill Avenue over I-76 between Walnut Street and Chestnut Street, and between Chestnut Street and Market Street.
 
In addition to repairing and repainting the steel superstructure and replacing the deck of the main bridge carrying Chestnut Street over the Schuylkill River and the two Schuylkill Avenue structures over I-76, the project also includes:
 
• Rehabilitating two structures on the Interstate 76 on-and-off-ramps between Chestnut Street and Walnut Street;
• Resurfacing Chestnut Street from 31st Street to 30th Street, and from 24th Street to 23rd Street;
• Constructing wider sidewalks and installing decorative barrier and railings on the Chestnut Street and Schuylkill Avenue bridges;
• Rehabilitating a 900-foot section of the river wall structure between I-76 and the Schuylkill River from Market Street and Walnut Street;
• Rehabilitating a 15-foot section of the retaining wall supporting the Schuylkill River Trail under Chestnut Street;
• Installing new traffic signals, Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) equipment, and street lighting along Chestnut Street between 31st Street and 23rd Street;
• Replacing millennium lighting on Chestnut Street over the Schuylkill River;
• Constructing a new trellis at the Chestnut Street Trailhead to the Schuylkill River Trail;
• Restriping pavement markings for a bicycle lane on Chestnut Street between 34th Street and 22nd Street; and
• Installing a new clear acrylic barrier along Amtrak Northeast Corridor tracks located on the west side of Schuylkill Avenue West between Chestnut Street and Walnut Street.
 
The bridges on Chestnut Street and Schuylkill Avenue West will be under construction concurrently and will remain open for most of the project. There will be various lane and sidewalk restrictions during the three stages of construction that will require shifts in travel lane and sidewalk configurations.
 
Approximately midway through the project, a detour will be in place for about one year on Chestnut Street from Schuylkill Avenue West to 23rd Street for the rehabilitation of the structurally deficient bridge carrying Chestnut Street over the CSX rail lines.
 
The Schuylkill River Trail will be closed below Chestnut Street for approximately three months over the winter of 2017-2018 for repairs.
In addition, the on-and-off-ramps at the I-76 Interchange between Chestnut Street and Walnut Street will be restricted to a single lane of traffic during construction. There will also be nighttime and weekend full closures of the ramps during certain construction operations.
The entire project is scheduled to finish in fall 2020.
 
Buckley & Company Inc., of Philadelphia is the general contractor on the project, which is financed with 80 percent federal and 20 percent state funds.
 
For more information on the project, visit www.chestnutstreetbridges.com.
 
For more information on projects occurring or being bid this year, those made possible by or accelerated by Act 89, or those on the department’s Four and Twelve Year Plans, visit www.projects.penndot.gov.
 
A list of weekly road restrictions and PennDOT maintenance operations in the five-county Philadelphia region is available by visiting the District 6 Traffic Bulletin at www.penndot.gov/District6.  
 
Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information, and access to more than 850 traffic cameras.
 
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