I-76 Viaducts

I-76 Overnight Lane Closures Sept. 16-19 for Maintenance Operations in Philadelphia

Overnight lane closures are scheduled in both directions on Interstate 76 between the City Avenue and Spring Garden Street interchanges in Philadelphia on Monday, September 16, through Thursday, September 19, from 10:00 PM to 4:00 AM, for mastic repair the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today.

Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling through the work area because slowdowns will occur. All scheduled activities are weather dependent.

U.S. 1 (Roosevelt Expressway) Lane Closures Overnights Sept. 18 & 19 for Viaduct Construction in Philadelphia

The left lane is scheduled to close on northbound and southbound U.S. 1 (Roosevelt Expressway) between Fox Street and 17th Street in Philadelphia on Wednesday, September 18, and Thursday, September 19, from 9:00 PM to 5:00 AM the following morning for construction activities under a project to rehabilitate the half-mile-long Wayne Junction Viaduct which carries the expressway over SEPTA tracks, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today.

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.

U.S. 1 (Roosevelt Expressway) lane closures

I-76 Full, Partial Closures Sept. 13-20 for Viaduct Rehabilitation, Paving in Center City

Eastbound Interstate 76 will be closed and detoured between the 30th Street and South Street interchanges in Center City Philadelphia from 11:00 PM tonight, September 13, to 5:00 AM Monday, September 16, for pavement repairs and repaving of a section of the Schuylkill Expressway viaduct, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today.

During the closure of eastbound I-76, the following ramps will be closed and detoured from 11:00 PM Friday, September 13, to 5:00 AM Monday, September 16:

  • Westbound I-676 ramp to eastbound I-76. I-676 motorists will be detoured west on I-76 to the Montgomery Drive/West River Drive exit, then take the ramp to eastbound I-76 and follow the detour at 30th Street; and
  • Walnut Street ramp to eastbound I-76. Motorists will be directed to follow Walnut Street, turn left on 38th Street and go straight on University Avenue to 34th Street and the ramp to eastbound I-76.

In addition, westbound I-76 will be closed overnight and eastbound I-76 will be restricted to a single lane overnight between the 30th Street and Interstate 676 interchanges for painting and demolition of sections of the overhead viaduct.

Weather permitting, the I-76 work schedule for next week is:

  • Monday, September 16, through Friday, September 20, westbound I-76 will be reduced to a single lane at 9:00 PM, then closed completely from 11:00 PM to 5:00 AM the following morning between the 30th Street and I-676 interchanges for demolition and painting of the Schuylkill Avenue viaduct over I-76. During the closure, westbound I-76 motorists will exit at 30th Street and follow Schuylkill Avenue to the ramp to westbound I-76 or to eastbound I-676;
  • Monday, September 16, through Friday, September 20, from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM, there will be periodic, short-term closures of the deceleration lane on westbound I-76 approaching the ramp to 30th Street for concrete placement under the viaduct; and
  • Tuesday, September 17, through Friday, September 20, from 9:00 PM to 5:00 AM the following morning, eastbound I-76 will be reduced to a single lane between the I-676 and South Street interchanges for pavement repairs.

Drivers are advised to use an alternate route or allow extra time when traveling through the work areas during the lane closures because significant backups and delays will occur.

Next week’s scheduled overnight closings of westbound I-76 will be adjusted to start later than 11 PM if necessary to accommodate motorists leaving the sports complex in South Philadelphia.

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 — which is scheduled to close for one year beginning in mid-June — 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. More information is available at www.chestnutstreetbridges.com.

Chestnut Street Bridge Over the Schuylkill River Closed for One Year of Construction in Center City

The Chestnut Street bridge over the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia was closed August 5 for a year of construction to repair and redeck the 62-year-old eastbound connection between University City and Center City, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today.

Chestnut Street is closed to vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians between Schuylkill Avenue near 30th Street on the west side of the river and 23rd Street on the east side. Access from Chestnut Street to the Schuylkill River Trail along the east bank of the river also will close.

During the closure, motorists and cyclists heading east from West Philadelphia will be detoured north on either 38th Street, 36th Street or 33rd Street to east on Market Street, then across the river to 23rd Street.

Chestnut Street motorists in the vicinity of 30th Street also may turn left on Schuylkill Avenue to access either eastbound Market Street or John F. Kennedy Boulevard across the river to Center City.

An alternate detour for cyclists will be to take 38th Street or 34th Street south, turn left on Spruce Street, then east on South Street across the river to 22nd Street.

Pedestrians will be detoured to either the Market Street or Walnut Street bridges over the river.

Motorists are advised to use an alternate route or allow additional time for travel on I-76 near the work area because backups and delays will occur. All scheduled closures are subject to change depending on weather conditions.

PennDOT is rehabilitating the Chestnut Street bridge under a $103.6 million project that also includes the rehabilitation of seven other nearby structures, including two Schuylkill Avenue viaducts over I-76 between Market Street and Walnut Street; the viaduct under Chestnut Street between 30th and 31st streets; the I-76 west ramp to Chestnut Street; the Walnut Street ramp to I-76 east; and the Chestnut Street stone arch bridges over 24th Street and over the CSX rail line west of 24th Street. The contract also includes repairs to a 900-foot section of the “river wall” retaining wall between the river and I-76, and to a retaining wall between the Schuylkill River Trail and the river at Chestnut Street.

Work on the two ramps has been completed. Construction will continue on the remaining five bridges and retaining walls through 2020.

In addition to repairing and repainting the steel superstructure and replacing the deck, improvements to the Chestnut Street Bridge also include:

  • Construction of wider sidewalks;
  • Installation of decorative barrier and railings;
  • Replacement of millennium lighting on Chestnut Street over the Schuylkill River;
  • Construction of a new trellis at the Chestnut Street Trailhead to the Schuylkill River Trail; and
  • Creation of a dedicated bicycle lane on the north side of Chestnut Street between 34th Street and 22nd Street.

The Chestnut Street Bridge over the Schuylkill River, which carries approximately 18,664 vehicles per day is expected to reopen in August 2020. The current bridge was built in 1957, replacing the original iron arch bridge that was built in 1912.

Buckley & Company Inc., of Philadelphia, is the general contractor on the project, which is financed with 80 percent federal and 20 percent state funds. More information is available at www.chestnutstreetbridges.com.


Motorist Detour

Chestnut Street Bridge motorist detour


Pedestrian Detour

Chestnut Street Bridge pedestrian detour


Cyclist Detour

Chestnut Street Bridge cyclist detour