PennDOT to Resume Construction on U.S. 1 WAV Project

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that construction will resume Monday, April 27, on the project to rehabilitate the half-mile-long Wayne Junction Viaduct that carries U.S. 1 (Roosevelt Expressway) over SEPTA tracks and the Nicetown section of Philadelphia.

Normal highway and bridge construction projects in Pennsylvania remain paused as part of the commonwealth’s efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. This project is part of critical work that continues statewide addressing safety needs and work needed to eliminate roadway restrictions that could impede the ability for the movement of life sustaining goods and services.

Beginning Monday, April 27, through Friday, May 1, from 9:00 PM to 5:00 AM the following morning, northbound and/or southbound U.S. 1 (Roosevelt Expressway) left lane closures will be in place from north of the Fox Street overpass to 17th Street for material deliveries and other construction activities on the half-mile-long Wayne Junction Viaduct over SEPTA tracks and the Nicetown neighborhood.

In addition, on Wednesday, April 29, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, a right lane closure is scheduled on southbound U.S. 1 (Roosevelt Expressway) between Wissahickon Avenue and Henry Avenue for bridge inspection.

Periodic brief stoppages will occur in either direction during the overnight hours for equipment repositioning related to construction activities on the viaduct.

Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling on U.S. 1 (Roosevelt Expressway) through the work areas because slowdowns and backups will occur. All scheduled activities are weather dependent. 

The contractor is currently rehabilitating and repainting the structural components and placing new concrete pavement on the center section of the U.S. 1 viaduct and rehabilitating the Fox Street overpass.

South State, Inc. of Bridgeton, N.J. is the general contractor on the $90.7 million project which is financed with 80 percent federal and 20 percent state funds. The entire project is expected to be completed in late 2022.