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Schuylkill River Trail at Chestnut Street in Center City Philadelphia to Reopen Before July 4th Weekend


King of Prussia, PA – The section of the Schuylkill River Trail under the Chestnut Street Bridge in Center City Philadelphia is expected to reopen by Friday, July 2, following the completion of work that closed the trail in mid-February for repairs to the retaining wall that supports the trail along the east bank of the river, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today.

PennDOT is completing the repairs in partnership with the City of Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Department — which owns the Trail and it’s non-profit partner the Schuylkill River Development Corporation — as part of its project to rehabilitate the Chestnut Street Bridge and eight other nearby structures.

PennDOT’s contractor removed sub-surface obstructions that were discovered at the start of the operation, repaired the section of the wall that passes beneath the bridge, and will repave the section of the wall under the bridge and regrade the landscaping at the repair location prior to re-opening the closed section by the end of next week.

In addition, Chestnut Street will be restored to three lanes between 33rd Street and Schuylkill Avenue, and two-way traffic will be restored on Schuylkill Avenue between Market Street and Walnut Street in the vicinity of 30th Street Station by Thursday morning, July 1. Lane restrictions have been in place on both roadways since the start of construction in fall 2017.

Viaduct construction will continue next week that will impact westbound I-76 traffic at night next week. On Monday, June 28, through Thursday, July 1, westbound I-76 at 30th Street or the westbound I-76 ramp to 30th Street will be closed alternately from 9:00 PM to 5:00 AM the following morning.
When westbound I-76 is closed, traffic will be detoured to the off-ramp at 30th Street and follow Schuylkill Avenue to the ramp back to westbound I-76 at Market Street.

When the westbound off-ramp to 30th Street is closed, westbound I-76 also will be reduced to one lane between 30th Street and Interstate 676. Off-ramp traffic will be detoured east on I-676, exit at 23rd Street, turn left on 22nd Street to the ramp to I-676 west, then take the ramp to I-76 east and the exit at 30th Street.

The lane and ramp closures will allow crews to install overhead electrical conduit and repair the retaining wall between the expressway and the Schuylkill River.

Drivers are advised to use alternate routes or allow extra time when traveling near the work area as backups and delays may occur.  All operations are weather dependent. 

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