King of Prussia, PA – Eastbound Interstate 76 will be closed and detoured between the 30th Street and South Street interchanges in Center City Philadelphia from 11:00 PM Friday, August 9, to 5:00 AM Monday, August 12, for repairs and repaving of a section of the Schuylkill Expressway viaduct, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today.
Prior to the full closure Friday night, August 9, eastbound I-76 will be reduced to a single lane between the 30th Street and South Street interchanges from 9:00 PM to 11:00 PM.
When eastbound I-76 is closed, motorists will be directed to use the following alternate routes:
- Follow eastbound I-676 to southbound Interstate 95 to access I-76; or
- Exit at 30th Street, follow 30th Street around the station, turn right on Market Street, left on 38th Street and straight on University Avenue to 34th Street to access the ramp to eastbound I-76.
While the weekend closure is in place, the ramp to eastbound I-76 at Walnut Street will be closed and detoured. Motorists will be directed to follow Walnut Street, turn left on 38th Street and go straight on University Avenue to 34th Street and the ramp to eastbound I-76.
In addition, westbound I-76 will be closed overnight and eastbound I-76 will be restricted to a single lane overnight next week between the 30th Street and Interstate 676 interchanges for painting and demolition of sections of the overhead viaduct.
Weather permitting, the I-76 work schedule for next week is:
- Monday, August 12, through Thursday, August 15, from 9:00 PM to 5:00 AM the following morning, eastbound I-76 will be reduced to a single lane between the I-676 and South Street interchanges for overhead structure demolition and painting;
- Monday, August 12, through Friday, August 16, westbound I-76 will be reduced to a single lane at 9:00 PM, then closed completely from 11:00 PM to 5:00 AM the following morning between the 30th Street and I-676 interchanges for overhead structure demolition and painting. During the closure, westbound I-76 motorists will exit at 30th Street and follow Schuylkill Avenue to the ramp to westbound I-76 or to eastbound I-676; and
- Monday, August 12, through Friday, August 16, from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM, there will be periodic, short-term closures of the deceleration lane on westbound I-76 approaching the ramp to 30th Street for concrete placement under the viaduct.
Drivers are advised to use an alternate route or allow extra time when traveling through the work areas during the lane closures because significant backups and delays will occur.
Next week's scheduled overnight closings of westbound I-76 will be adjusted to start later than 11:00 PM if necessary to accommodate motorists leaving the sports complex in South Philadelphia.
PennDOT is repairing and resurfacing the I-76 viaduct under a $39.8 million contract that also includes repairs to the three-span I-76 structure over Route 23 (Conshohocken State Road) in West Conshohocken Borough, just east of the Interstate 476/Conshohocken Interchange in Montgomery County. More information is available at www.I76viaduct.com.
Repairs to the Schuylkill Avenue viaduct are part of PennDOT’s $103.6 million project to rehabilitate the Chestnut Street bridge over the Schuylkill River — which is scheduled to close for one year beginning in mid-June — 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. More information is available at www.chestnutstreetbridges.com.
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