Citizens Can Stay Informed by Visiting www.bridgesover676.com
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) today announced the launch of a new website, www.bridgesover676.com, which provides citizens with information and details on the $64.8 million project to replace seven structurally deficient bridges over Interstate 676 and make streetscape enhancements above the expressway in Philadelphia.
The website contains information on all facets of the project to build new structures over I-676 between 22nd Street and 18th Street, including construction schedules and facts; streetscape and intersection improvement details; traveler information; photos and maps; streetscape renderings; and frequently asked questions. Through the website, citizens may also subscribe to receive project email updates and contact PennDOT with questions or concerns.
Construction will start in March 2015 to replace the two-span structures carrying 22nd Street, 21st Street, Benjamin Franklin Parkway/20th Street, 19th Street, 18th Street, and the Free Library and Family Court pedestrian bridges over I-676 with single-span bridges. The seven bridges were built in the late 1950s.
In addition, numerous streetscape improvements will be made above I-676 to enhance the surrounding area and pedestrian travel, including the expansion of Shakespeare Park between 20th Street and Free Library bridges; the realignment of Winter Street at its intersection with Benjamin Franklin Parkway and 20th Street; addition of new sidewalks and pedestrian bump-outs along parts of Vine Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway; new landscaping at the Free Library pedestrian bridge and Shakespeare Park, Family Court pedestrian bridge, 18th Street bridge and 19th Street bridge; new street lights; and new curb ramps.
The project will be built in two major stages over the course of 4 ½ years to minimize traffic impacts. Construction is scheduled to finish in fall 2019.