Traffic Alert as Crews Resurface Kelly Drive

You might want to plan on a different route in or out of Philadelphia this week if you normally ride the Kelly Drive.

PennDOT warned motorists of possible delays along the popular Schuylkill River drive as part of a $1.8 million project to mill and resurface 3.5 miles of roadway over two stretches begins Monday.

More than 3 miles of the Kelly Drive will be resurfaced from 25th Street to Hunting Park Avenue in Fairmount Park, said PennDOT.

The plan is to work on the roadway during off peak hours (9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.) through Saturday, said PennDOT. During the construction, drivers should expect delays and lane restrictions, warned PennDOT.

The goal of the project is to mill the roadway and apply a new “ultra-thin friction course pavement” that helps motorists with traction while channeling away storm water, said PennDOT in a news release.

Drivers can use adjacent Martin Luther King Drive or the Schuylkill Expressway (Interstate 76) to avoid the Kelly Drive.

The agency also plans to resurface the roadway from the Kelly Drive ramp to Ridge Avenue in East Falls as part of the larger project – including the curb ramp installation that began earlier this month – that is expected to be wrapped up in May.

PennDOT has a website set up so that drivers can keep updated all road improvement projects over more than 40,000 miles of Pennsylvania roads.

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