Construction Updates

Construction Update: Summer 2018

Construction Winding Down Toward Early Fall Finish

Summer 2018 – PennDOT has substantially completed construction to replace seven bridges over Interstate 676 and expand and improve public space over and adjacent to the Center City Philadelphia interstate and will wrap-up the $64.8 million project by early fall following repaving of the interstate and other operations under the new bridges.

Bridge construction finished in May 2018 with the opening the 18th Street bridge over I-676 and completion of the landscaping adjacent to the new bridge.

Since finishing the bridge work, crews have installed the new LED lighting on the underside of the new bridges, removed the jagged remnants of the center support piers from the old bridges and begun operations to remove construction materials and debris from the shoulders of I-676 between 18th and 22nd streets.

They will work this summer to finish cleaning and coating the walls on I-676, place permanent barriers along the shoulders on both sides of the interstate, and repave I-676 under the new bridges from 18th to 22nd streets along with the I-676 west ramp to 22nd Street. Completion of work on I-676 will wrap-up the project that began in August 2016 more than a year earlier than originally scheduled.

Top surface improvements along Vine Street adjacent to the replacement bridges are all in place and all areas are open motorists and pedestrians. (The only remaining work will be associated with post-construction “punch list” items to be addressed by the contractor through the summer.)

Finished Bridges and Public Space

Prior to completing and reopening the 18th Street replacement bridge in May, PennDOT opened the 21st Street structure in October 2017, and the new 22nd Street bridge opened to four lanes of traffic in December of 2017. (PennDOT advanced the start of work on the 21st Street and 22nd Street bridges in late 2016, cutting a year off the original construction schedule and allowing the entire project to be completed in the fall of 2018.)

The replacement 19th Street bridge was opened to vehicles and pedestrians in November 2016 following more than a year of construction. In early summer of 2017, crews wrapped up work on the expansive 20th Street bridge and the related improvements that include several new crosswalks with pedestrian islands on 20th Street, Logan Circle and the Parkway. The crosswalks will enhance pedestrian safety in one of the City’s premier tourism areas.

PennDOT opened the two pedestrian bridges in summer 2017: Between 20th and 19th Streets connecting Logan Square with the Free Library, and between 18th and 19th Streets connecting the square with the old Family Court building on north Vine Street.

Enhanced public spaces surrounding both overpasses also opened with the bridges. Both of bridges include enhancements and amenities such as paver blocks, polished granite planter boxes, benches, ornamental fencing and lighting, decorative sidewalks, and extensive landscaping.

PennDOT expanded the public space at the Free Library bridge — known as Shakespeare Park — by capping the previously-open area over I-676 between the western edge of the old park and the 20th Street bridge. With landscaping and hardscaping amenities similar to those at the adjacent pedestrian bridge, this crossing also boasts an amphitheater encircled with benches and a large lawn area on the west side of the park.

Winter Street improvements between 20th and 21st Streets were completed in mid-summer of 2017 as well. They include a new intersection with the Parkway’s outer southbound lanes at 20th Street and a plaza along the side of the Franklin Institute with trees, plantings, benches and decorative sidewalks.  

The Pennypacker monument at the pedestrian bridge between 18th and 19th Streets, the Miranda statue on Winter Street, the Civil War Soldiers’ and Sailors’ monuments on the Parkway, and the Shakespeare monument at the crossing between 19th and 20th Streets have been professionally cleaned.

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