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Outer Lane on Eastbound Parkway at 21st Street Reopens

King of Prussia, PA – The eastbound outer lanes on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway between 21st Street and 20th Street in Center City Philadelphia will reopen by 3:00 PM Tuesday, May 2, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today.

The eastbound outer lanes have been closed since October 2015 for construction of the 20th Street/Benjamin Franklin Parkway bridge over Interstate 676. The bridge, which is being replaced in three phases, is expected to be completed this summer.

Also by 3:00 PM Tuesday, May 2, crews will close Winter Street between 21st Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for approximately two months for construction of a new intersection with the eastbound outer lanes of the Parkway. Winter Street motorists will be detoured south on 21st Street, east on Race Street and north on 20th Street to access the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

The work is part of PennDOT’s $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 in November 2018, a year ahead of schedule.  

PennDOT’s contractor is currently working to build new bridges above I-676 at the former Family Court building, Free Library, 19th Street, Benjamin Franklin Parkway/20th Street, 21st Street and 22nd Street. Work on the 18th Street bridge is scheduled to start later this year. 

Buckley & Company, Inc. of Philadelphia is the general contractor on the project which is financed with 100 percent federal funds.

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