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Traffic Advisory

I-76 Ramp Closure, Chestnut Street Bridges, SEPTA Rail Improvements

Posted: July 19, 2018

I-76 Ramp Closure

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has released a Summer 2018 Construction Update related to its multi-year project to rehabilitate the Chestnut Street bridge over the Schuylkill River and eight other nearby structures. This project impacts vehicular and pedestrian travel to and from Drexel's University City Campus.

Beginning at 12:01 a.m. this Saturday, July 21, the ramp from westbound I-76 to 30th Street will close for one month to complete repairs and resurfacing. During the month-long closure, I-76 West motorists normally using the ramp will be directed to exit at South Street, turn right on South Street, left on 22nd Street and left on Market Street to reach 30th Street.

Chestnut Street Bridges: Ongoing Closures

Last summer, PennDOT announced that northbound Schuylkill Avenue near 30th Street Station in West Philadelphia would be 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 prohibits 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 are 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 is closed, 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 remains open.

Please visit chestnutstreetbridges.com for additional information on restrictions and closures affecting both motorists and pedestrians from now through December, and throughout the duration of this multi-year project. 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.

SEPTA Rail Improvements

SEPTA's Southwest Connection Improvement Program, taking place from Saturday, Aug. 4, through Sunday, Aug. 19, will rebuild the mainline infrastructure on the Media/Elwyn Line between 30th Street Station and Arsenal Interlocking, just below University City Station, portions of which date more than 80 years. This track area also supports Wilmington/Newark and Airport Line services.

Special construction Regional Rail timetables will be in effect for the Media/Elwyn Line and Wilmington/Newark Line Service, and the Airport Line will operate as shuttle bus service with a special construction schedule. Most trip travel times will increase on the affected lines; please plan your travel accordingly.

Please consult SEPTA's Southwest Connection Improvement Program webpage for complete details on how this work will impact service.