King of Prussia, PA – Interstate 676 will be closed and detoured in both directions between the Interstate 76 and Broad Street (Route 611) interchanges in Philadelphia on Monday, April 23, through Thursday, April 26, from 11:00 PM to 5:00 AM the following morning for cleanup operations, including removal of old median piers from recent construction over the interstate, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today.
The overnight operation is among the final stages of the four-year, $64.8 million project to replace seven structurally deficient bridges over I-676 between 22nd Street and 18th Street, and to make landscaping and streetscape improvements above the expressway. Construction began in April 2015 and will finish this November 2018, a year ahead of schedule.
During the closures, crews will demolish and remove the remaining sections of the concrete median piers that supported the original, two-span overpasses at 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st and 22nd streets and two pedestrian bridges over I-676 between 18th and 20th streets. The replacement bridges are all single-span structures that do not require center support piers.
Crews will also use the closure to remove protective shielding from the undersides of the replacement bridges and complete other cleanup activities in the work area. I-676 will be repaved between 18th and 22nd streets as part of the project later this spring.
When I-676 east is closed, the following detours will be in place:
- From I-76 East: Exit at 30th Street/Market Street (Exit 345); right at Arch Street; left at 30th Street; left at Market Street; left at 16th Street; right at Vine Street to the ramp to I-676 east;
- From I-76 West: Exit at 30th Street (Exit 345); take Schuylkill Avenue to Market Street; right at Market Street; left at 16th Street; right at Vine Street to the ramp to I-676 east; and
- Traveling East on Benjamin Franklin Parkway intending to use the 24th Street on-ramp: Follow Benjamin Franklin Parkway around Logan Circle and bear right onto Vine Street east; follow Vine Street to the ramp to I-676 east.
When I-676 west is closed, the following detours will be in place for passenger cars and trucks to follow:
- To I-76 East and West: Exit I-676 west at Broad Street (Route 611) Interchange; take 15th Street south; right on J.F.K. Boulevard; right on Schuylkill Avenue and follow signs to I-76 east and I-76 west;
- From 16th Street North of J.F.K. Boulevard: Follow 16th Street north; right at Spring Garden Street; right at 15th Street; right at J.F.K. Boulevard; right on Schuylkill Avenue to ramps to I-76 east and I-76 west; and
- From 16th Street South of J.F.K. Boulevard: Follow 16th Street north; left at J.F.K. Boulevard; right on Schuylkill Avenue to ramps to I-76 east and I-76 west.
Optional detours for passenger cars during the closure of I-676 west include:
- To I-76 West: Exit I-676 west at Broad Street (Route 611) Interchange; take 15th Street south; right onto local Vine Street; right on Benjamin Franklin Parkway and follow around Eakins Oval and onto Spring Garden Street to the ramp to I-76 west; and
- From 16th Street North of J.F.K Boulevard to I-76 West: Follow 16th Street north; left onto local Vine Street; right on Benjamin Franklin Parkway and follow around Eakins Oval and onto Spring Garden Street to the ramp to I-76 west.
Buckley & Company, Inc. of Philadelphia is the general contractor on the project, which is financed with 100 percent federal funds.
For more information on the I-676 project, visit www.bridgesover676.com.
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.
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.