Construction and Traffic Advisories
Drexel University has been hard at work making improvements to our buildings and public realm throughout the University City Campus. Additionally, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is in the midst of a multi-year project to rehabilitate the Chestnut Street bridge and other roadways that connect Center City Philadelphia to University City.
During this time there will be traffic delays, sidewalk closures and other disruptions to transit on and around campus. We urge you to use caution when traveling by vehicle or by foot through and around construction zones (see safety tips below).
Please review the information below for more details on current construction projects on and around campus. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.
Updated February 2019
33rd and Market Street: The northeast (Nesbitt Hall) and southeast (Dragon Statue) corners of 33rd and Market streets are under construction (by PECO and PennDOT) and inaccessible to pedestrians. Larger portions of the sidewalk around Nesbitt Hall are also closed to pedestrians. This includes:
- The east side of 33rd Street from Lancaster Walk to the Market Street corner
- The north side of Market Street, from the entrance to Nesbitt to the 33rd Street corner
Do not attempt to cross 33rd or Market streets at these corners while this construction is taking place. Follow all posted signage, and use caution when traveling through the area. To avoid the construction, pedestrians should cross Market Street at the northwest and southwest corners (Recreation Center and Hagerty Library, respectively), cross Market at the traffic light at 32nd and Market streets, and/or cross 33rd Street via the crosswalk at Lancaster Walk.
Chestnut Street Lane Restrictions: Chestnut Street between 30th and 32nd streets has been restricted to two lanes of travel as part of several traffic pattern changes and disruptions associated with the Chestnut Street Bridge Rehabilitation project. PennDOT released a Winter 2018-19 Construction Update detailing further closures associated with this work. Drexel University advises students, faculty, professional staff and visitors to expect delays and detours when traveling by vehicle through the areas affected by the project and to use public transportation and carpools whenever possible. For more information on this project, including a construction schedule, visit chestnutstreetbridges.com.
Drexel Square: Brandywine Realty Trust is in the midst of building Drexel Square, the first development in the Schuylkill Yards project. This public square is being developed on the west side of 30th Street between Market Street and JFK Boulevard. The sidewalk will remain partially accessible to pedestrians along JFK Boulevard and 30th Street around the Drexel Square construction site. Please use caution when traveling through the area.
SEPTA and PennDOT Improvements – New Traffic Patterns: SEPTA is currently making improvements to the Market-Frankford Line, near 30th Street Station, that will cause changes in traffic patterns around Drexel University through 2019. This project is currently impacting foot traffic along Market Street between 30th and 31st streets. Pedestrians should obey posted signage and traffic signals and only cross at the crosswalks. Do not walk into the street to avoid sidewalk closures. Be advised that you may have to build extra time into your commutes during this project. Follow the link to the traffic advisory for more details.
For a list of major construction and renovation projects taking place on Drexel's campuses, please visit the Current Projects page.
Pedestrian Safety Tips
Be careful at crossings: look before you step
- Obey traffic signals such as WALK / DON'T WALK signs.
- Cross streets at marked crosswalks or intersections. It's illegal to jaywalk.
- Look left, right and left again before crossing a street.
- Watch for turning vehicles; make sure the driver sees you and will stop for you.
- Look across ALL lanes you must cross and visually clear each lane before proceeding. Just because one motorist stops, do not presume drivers in other lanes can see you and will stop.
- Don't wear headphones, talk on a cell phone or text while walking and crossing the street.
Be safe and be seen: make yourself visible to drivers
- Wear bright/light colored clothing and reflective materials.
- Carry a flashlight when walking at night.
- Cross in a well-lit area at night.
- Stand clear of buses, parked cars or other obstacles before crossing so drivers can see you.
Be smart and alert: avoid dangerous behaviors
- Always walk on the sidewalk or designated construction safety lanes.
- Don't assume vehicles will stop; make eye contact with drivers; don't just look at the vehicle. If a driver is on a cell phone, they may not be paying enough attention to drive safely.
- Don't rely solely on pedestrian signals; look before you cross the road.
- Stay sober; walking while impaired increases your chance of being struck.
- Be alert to engine noise or backup lights on cars when in parking lots and near on-street parking spaces.
Driver Safety Tips
Drivers are advised to use caution, stay alert, avoid distractions and look out for changing traffic patterns while traveling through and around our campus, particularly in work zones. Please see the Federal Highway Administration's Work Zone Safety for Drivers page for more safety tips.