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New Traffic Patterns Around Drexel Related to SEPTA and PennDOT Improvements

SEPTA is currently making improvements to the Market-Frankford Line that will cause changes in traffic patterns around Drexel University for the next 18 months. The 30th Street Station on the Market-Frankford Line is located at the intersection of Market and 30th streets. The station provides a connection for SEPTA’s regional rail lines, trolley routes, the Lucy Loop and bus routes 9, 30, 31, 44, 78, 124 and 125.

Project improvements are expected to provide enhanced customer service, encourage ridership growth and improve safety and security for SEPTA ridership. The objective is to provide elevator access from street level to the platform level in full compliance with ADA and other governing authorities such as, but not limited to, the city of Philadelphia, the commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the federal government, including NEPA and the Art Commission.

Northbound Schuylkill Avenue near 30th Street Station will be closed and detoured between Walnut Street and Chestnut Street for approximately five months for rehabilitation of the structure over Interstate 76, according to PennDOT. The work is part of a major project to rehabilitate the Chestnut Street bridge over the Schuylkill River 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.

The closure of northbound Schuylkill Avenue prohibits right turns by motorists and cyclists using the Walnut Street bridge over the Schuylkill River. During the closure, Walnut Street motorists heading to 30th Street Station, westbound I-76 and eastbound I-676 will be detoured west to 33rd Street, then right on 33rd Street to Market Street, and right on Market Street to Schuylkill Avenue.

The sidewalk on the east side of Schuylkill Avenue is closed to pedestrians, as are 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. The entire project is scheduled to finish in fall 2020.