King of Prussia, PA – Beginning at 7:00 AM Monday, August 21, northbound Schuylkill Avenue near 30th Street Station in Philadelphia will be closed and detoured between Walnut Street and Chestnut Street for approximately five months for rehabilitation of the structure over Interstate 76, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today.
The work is part of a major 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.
The closure of northbound Schuylkill Avenue will prohibit right turns by motorists and cyclists using the Walnut Street bridge over the Schuylkill River. During the closure, Walnut Street motorists heading to 30th Street Station, westbound I-76 and eastbound Interstate 676 will be detoured west to 33rd Street, then right on 33rd Street to Market Street, and right on Market Street to Schuylkill Avenue.
The sidewalk on the east side of Schuylkill Avenue will also be closed to pedestrians, as will crosswalks on the south side of Chestnut Street at Schuylkill Avenue and on the north side of Walnut Street at Schuylkill Avenue. The sidewalk on the west side of Schuylkill Avenue will remain open.
In addition to the closure, intermittent overnight lane restrictions will be in place Monday, August 14, through Thursday, August 17, from 8:00 PM to 6:00 AM the following morning, on northbound and southbound Schuylkill Avenue between Market Street and Chestnut Street for removal of the concrete median island.
Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling near the work zone because slowdowns will occur. All scheduled activities are weather dependent.
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 I-76 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 entire project is scheduled to finish in fall 2020.
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 structures on Chestnut Street were constructed between 1864 and 1960 and carry an average of 18,300 vehicles per day. The bridges on Schuylkill Avenue West were built in the late 1950’s and carry an estimated 8,600 vehicles per day.
Buckley & Company Inc., of Philadelphia is the general contractor on the $103,589,847 project, which is financed with 80 percent federal and 20 percent state funds.
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
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