Replacement of 18th Street Bridge to Take 1 Year

Drivers in Center City Philadelphia will be dealing with another (and final) bridge closure over the Vine Street Expressway. The closure of the 18th Street Bridge is expected to take one year.

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Crews closed the deteriorating 18th Street bridge over Interstate 676 at 9 a.m. Monday, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said. Buckley & Company, Inc. of Philadelphia will complete the project.
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The 18th Street bridge is the last span over I-676 to be closed as part of PennDOT’s federally-funded $64.8-million project that has caused closures for roads on and around the Benjamin Franklin Parkway area. The single-span structure will replace a double-span bridge built in the 1950s, PennDOT said.
“The new 18th Street bridge will include two northbound travel lanes, wider sidewalks and new street lights, ornamental fences and concrete planter boxes similar to those in place on the new 19th Street bridge over I-676, which reopened earlier this spring,” PennDOT said in a news release. “The 18th Street bridge is expected to be completed by June 2018.”
During the closure, pedestrians will be directed to 19th Street until a new pedestrian bridge opens between 18th and 19th streets later this month, PennDOT said.
Drivers will need to find another parallel even-numbered street to cross over the Vine Street Expressway.
“Five additional bridges over I-676 remain under construction, including the former Family Court building, Free Library, Benjamin Franklin Parkway/20th Street, 21st Street and 22nd Street,” PennDOT said. “The entire project to replace seven bridges and expand and improve public space on and around the bridges is scheduled to be completed in late 2018, a year ahead of schedule.”
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