I-76 West remains one lane between University and 30th Street interchanges
Eastbound Interstate 76 will be reduced to one lane Monday, November 23, and Tuesday, November 24, at 7:00 PM and then closed at 10:00 PM each night until 5:00 AM the following morning between 30th Street and South Street in Center City Philadelphia for overhead viaduct demolition and median barrier construction, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today.
During the eastbound closure, motorists will exit at 30th Street, go around 30th Street Station, turn left on Chestnut Street, then right on Schuylkill Avenue to the ramp to I-76 east at Walnut Street. Trucks, which may not turn right from Chestnut Street onto Schuylkill Avenue, will be directed to go west on Market Street, then left on 38th Street to University Avenue and the I-76 east ramp from 34th Street.
In addition, eastbound I-76 will be reduced to one lane periodically from 7:00 PM Sunday, November 22, to 5:00 AM Monday, November 23, between 30th Street and University Avenue for median barrier construction.
Westbound I-76 remains reduced to one lane around-the-clock between the University Avenue and 30th Street interchanges. The eastbound off-ramp and westbound on-ramp at South Street remain closed for construction of a new I-76 median barrier. The westbound off-ramp and the eastbound on-ramp at South Street reopened on Monday night, November 16. Motorists normally using the closed South Street ramps will follow posted detour signs.
Drivers are advised to use alternate routes or allow extra time when traveling through the work areas because significant backups and delays will occur during all of the scheduled activities. All work activities are weather dependent.
Work on this project will be in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and state Department of Health guidance as well as a project-specific COVID-19 safety plan, which will include protocols for social distancing, use of face coverings, personal and job-site cleaning protocols, management of entries to the jobsite, special signing, and relevant training.
PennDOT is repairing, resurfacing and replacing the median barrier on the I-76 viaduct under a $40 million contract. More information is available at www.i76viaduct.com.
Repairs to the Schuylkill Avenue viaduct are part of PennDOT’s $103.6 million 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 Market Street. More information is available at www.chestnutstreetbridges.