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Traffic Advisory

Chestnut Street Bridge Rehabilitation; Protected Bike Lane Opens

Posted: August 29, 2017

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has released the following traffic advisory related to its multi-year project to rehabilitate the Chestnut Street bridge over the Schuylkill River and eight other nearby structures. This project will impact vehicular and pedestrian travel to and from Drexel’s University City Campus. Drexel University advises students, faculty, professional staff and visitors to expect delays and detours when traveling by vehicle through the affected areas and to use public transportation and carpools whenever possible. For more information on this project, including a construction schedule, visit chestnutstreetbridges.com.

PennDOT Advisory

Effective August 28, northbound Schuylkill Avenue near 30th Street Station in West Philadelphia is closed between Walnut Street and Chestnut Street for approximately two years for rehabilitation of two structures over I-76.

The closure of northbound Schuylkill Avenue will prohibit right turns by motorists and cyclists heading into West Philadelphia using the Walnut Street bridge over the Schuylkill River.

Walnut Street motorists heading for 30th Street Station, the ramp to westbound I-76, and the ramp to eastbound Interstate 676 will be detoured west to 30th Street, then right on 30th Street to Market Street, and right on Market Street to Schuylkill Avenue.

For pedestrians, the sidewalk on the east side of Schuylkill Avenue also will close, 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 lane restrictions will be in place on northbound and southbound Schuylkill Avenue between Market Street and Chestnut Street, and on southbound Schuylkill Avenue between Chestnut Street and Walnut Street on Monday, August 28, through Friday, September 1, from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning, for rehabilitation of the Schuylkill Avenue viaducts' steel superstructure.

During weekday work on Schuylkill Avenue, the contractor must maintain a minimum of two lanes of traffic northbound between Chestnut Street and Market Street, and at least one lane of traffic southbound between Market Street and Walnut Street.

Motorists are advised to allow additional time for travel through the work zone because backups and delays may occur. The contractor's schedule is dependent on the weather.

Chestnut Street Protected Bike Lane Opens

The Philadelphia Streets Department today officially opened its new parking-protected bike lane along a 1.1-mile stretch of Chestnut Street from 45th to 34th streets. University City is now home to Philadelphia’s first one-way parking protected bicycle lane, which is intended to improve safety for all transportation modes along this heavily trafficked stretch of Chestnut Street. The project involved shortening the crossing distance for pedestrians walking, installing the one-way parking-protected bicycle lane, and removing one motor vehicle travel lane.