Answers to Your Questions
- How will travel on I-676 be affected during this project?
- How will this project impact events on the Parkway, like the World Meeting of Families, the City's Welcome America Celebration and other activities?
- How will pedestrians be impacted by this project?
- Will any green space on or near the Parkway be affected?
- Why do these bridges need to be replaced?
How will travel on I-676 be affected during this project?
Lane widths will be narrowed at bridge construction locations, but no lane closures will be in place on I-676 in Center City Philadelphia during periods of heavy travel. Overnight lane restrictions may occur during demolition and when construction activities require more space for workers and equipment to operate safely. And the interstate will be closed and detoured during overnight hours when old bridge beams are removed and when new beams are set for each of the seven spans.
How will this project impact events on the Parkway, like the World Meeting of Families, the City's Welcome America Celebration and other activities?
Replacement of the bridges over I-676 and the related improvements on surface streets will have little, if any, impact on the many seasonal and special events on the Parkway as all of the work is confined to the area adjacent to I-676 and Vine Street. However, all work on the project will be suspended and work areas will be secured to accommodate the hundreds of thousands of visitors expected during the World Meeting of Families in September 2015. In addition, Stage 1 construction is expected to be completed in time for the City’s Parkway Centennial Celebration in 2017.
How will pedestrians be impacted by this project?
Some sidewalks will be closed and some pedestrian crossings on the Parkway will be temporarily eliminated during certain stages of construction. The pedestrian bridges over I-676 to the Free Library and Family Court also will be closed during construction at those locations. Go here to see the pedestrian impacts by construction phase.
Will any green space on or near the Parkway be affected?
Several areas of green space within and adjacent to Logan Square and near the Franklin Institute will be fenced in for use as construction staging areas and for construction of hardscaping and other surface area improvements. These restricted areas are shown on the Construction Phasing maps.
Why do these bridges need to be replaced?
The seven bridges spanning I-676 were built in the late 1950s and have reached the end of their service lives. The bridges are rated as structurally deficient. Inspections of the bridges have documented significant enough deterioration that indicates that their replacement is the best course of action.