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 June 2020
Center City Viaduct and Chestnut Street Bridge Projects
Major repairs are underway to the I-76 Viaduct in Center City and the nearby Chestnut Street Bridge, all located just east of Drexel's University City campus. As a result, Drexel University advises students, faculty, professional staff and visitors to expect delays and detours when traveling through the area. Consider using public transportation and carpools whenever possible.
Important things to note regarding these PennDOT projects:
The Center City I-76 Viaduct repair project extends along I-76 from Arch Street, near 30th Street, east to the CSX Railroad Bridge, near the University Avenue Exit. These major and necessary repairs will impact motorists as follows:
- Changing traffic patterns will redirect motorists and cause delays.
- Occasional nighttime and weekend lane closures to all or parts of I-76 within this area.
- Before you plan your travel to campus, please review the latest travel advisories for this project.
The Chestnut Street bridge over the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia is scheduled to close to all vehicular, pedestrian, and bicycling traffic beginning Monday morning, June 8, for the completion of structural steel repairs, re-decking and other improvements. Once the bridge is fully closed:
- Motorists will access the parking lot of 2400 Chestnut Street via a temporary ramp from 23rd and Chestnut streets.
- Motorists and cyclists heading east from West Philadelphia will be detoured north to east on Market Street, then across the river to 23rd Street.
- Motorists on Chestnut Street may also turn left on Schuylkill Avenue to access either eastbound Market Street or JFK Boulevard.
The bridge is expected to reopen by late fall of this year. For more information, please review this news release from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
Foot Traffic Along Market Street Between 31st and 32nd Streets
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. Review 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.