Travel Advisories

21st Street and 22nd Street Weekend Bridge Demolitions Rescheduled

January 5, 2018 – 21st Street and 22nd Street in Philadelphia are scheduled to be closed and detoured during a pair of weekends later this month for bridge demolition as part of a project to rehabilitate three bridges on JFK Boulevard over 21st, 22nd and 23rd streets, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today.

The schedule is:

  • 22nd Street is scheduled to be closed and detoured between Arch Street and Market Street beginning Friday, January 12, at 6:30 PM, through 6:00 AM on Monday, January 15. During the weekend closure, motorists will be directed to use Market Street, 20th Street and Arch Street; and
  • 21st Street is scheduled to be closed and detoured between Arch Street and Market Street beginning Friday, January 19, at 6:30 PM, through 6:00 AM on Monday, January 22. During the weekend closure, motorists will be directed to use Arch Street, 23rd Street and Market Street.

The eastbound lanes of JFK Boulevard have been closed since the project began in late January of this year. Eastbound JFK Boulevard motorists will continue to be detoured over Schuylkill Avenue, 30th Street, Market Street and 20th Street. The eastbound lanes will remain closed through the completion of construction, which is scheduled for August 2018.

Construction on the JFK Boulevard bridges is being performed one half at a time as the department’s contractor replaces the deteriorated deck and beams on the three structurally-deficient, prestressed adjacent box-beam bridges. The deteriorated bridge decks have been in place since the late 1950s.

In addition to replacing the bridge deck, crews are reconstructing JFK Boulevard from the eastern end of the bridge over the Schuylkill River to just east of 21st Street, and widening the sidewalk on the south side to match the sidewalk built on the JFK Boulevard bridge over the Schuylkill River.

Crews are also building a new center median; reconstructing the westbound sidewalk on JFK Boulevard to allow for a future multi-use trail; constructing a pedestrian stairway and ramp from the westbound sidewalk to 22nd Street; and installing new drainage, pavement markings and highway lighting.

Following the completion of construction, the eastbound single-lane pattern on JFK Boulevard will be extended from the bridge over the Schuylkill River to just east of 21st Street.

Abbonizio Contractors, Inc., of Sewell, NJ, is the general contractor on the project which is financed with 100 percent state funds.

This project is a follow-up to the structural improvements made from 2007 to 2009 when PennDOT rehabilitated the JFK Boulevard bridge over the Schuylkill River under a $17.9 million project.

For more information on projects occurring or being bid this year, those made possible by or accelerated by Act 89, or those on the department’s Four and Twelve Year Plans, visit www.projects.penndot.gov.

A list of weekly road restrictions and PennDOT maintenance operations in the five-county Philadelphia region is available by visiting the District 6 Traffic Bulletin at www.penndot.gov/District6.

Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information, and access to more than 850 traffic cameras.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

For more PennDOT information, visit www.penndot.gov. Follow local PennDOT information on Twitter at www.twitter.com/511PAPhilly, and follow the department on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pennsylvaniadepartmentoftransportation and Instagram at www.instagram.com/pennsylvaniadot.

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