Schuylkill Expressway Westbound Ramp to 30th Street Reopens, for Now

PennDOT has reopened the I-76 westbound ramp to 30th Street as SEPTA shuttles train passengers.

What to Know

  • PennDOT has reopened the I-76 westbound ramp to 30th Street for the next two weeks.
  • These changes come from SEPTA's need for the ramp during their construction on tracks leading to 30th Street Station.
  • The ramp will close again on Aug. 20 and plans to reopen for good on Sept. 14.

After a temporary closure for maintenance, a major connection from Interstate 76 to Center City Philadelphia and University City is now reopen for a little over two weeks.

The westbound ramp connecting the Schuylkill Expressway to 30th Street reopened Friday morning to "accommodate SEPTA shuttle buses that will be in service for construction on the rail line between 30th Street Station and the Arsenal Interlocking, near University City Station."

The closure, which began July 21, was implemented to complete repairs and resurfacing of the ramp. This specific project is part of a $103.6 million rehabilitation effort to the Chestnut Street Bridge over the Schuylkill River and other nearby structures.

SEPTA’s shuttle buses began operating Friday through the ramp on special timetables that will be in effect through Aug. 19. This is the only portion of the Media/Elwyn line being replaced by the shuttles.

This latest change to the bus route is parts of SEPTA’s Southwest Connection Improvement Program to rebuild the infrastructure on its Media/Elwyn Regional Rail Line. While the train services are suspended due to work on the tracks, this shuttle will provide an alternative route for passengers traveling to 30th Street Station.

The ramp is scheduled to close again the morning of Aug. 20. The crews will then resume work, aiming to finish by Sept. 14.

Visit the PennDOT District 6 Traffic Bulletin for a list of road restrictions and maintenance operations.

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