I-76 East or West to Close at Night Next Week for Viaduct Construction in Center City Philadelphia

Traffic Advisory

PHILADELPHIA, PA — Alternating closures of either eastbound or westbound Interstate 76 (Schuylkill Expressway) in the vicinity of 30th Street will occur on Monday, May 9, through Thursday, May 12, from 9:00 PM to 5:00 AM the following morning for overhead viaduct construction in Center City Philadelphia, announced the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT).

When eastbound I-76 is closed between 30th Street and South Street, traffic will be directed to use the off-ramp at 30th Street, turn left on Chestnut Street, then turn right on Schuylkill Avenue to the ramp back to eastbound I-76 at Walnut Street.

When westbound I-76 is closed between 30th Street and Interstate 676, I-76 motorists will exit at 30th Street and follow Schuylkill Avenue to the ramp back to westbound I-76 at Market Street.

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Drivers are advised to use alternate routes or allow extra time when traveling through the work area because significant backups and delays will occur. All operations are weather dependent.

The work is part of PennDOT’s substantially completed $105.1 million project to rehabilitate the Chestnut Street bridge over the Schuylkill River — which reopened on Saturday, March 19 — and eight other nearby structures, including the viaducts carrying Schuylkill Avenue over I-76 between Walnut Street and Market Street.

Buckley & Company Inc., of Philadelphia is the general contractor on the project, which is financed with 80 percent federal and 20 percent state funds. The entire project is scheduled to finish this summer.

Motorists can check current road conditions by visiting the MyChesCo Traffic Center.

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