Drivers beware, an on-ramp to one of the Philadelphia region's busiest roads is closed and won't reopen for two months.
PennDOT closed the on-ramp from Spring Garden Street onto the Schuylkill Expressway (Interstate 76) Monday.
The closure is part of a $6.6 million makeover on Philadelphia's Spring Garden Street Bridges.
PennDOT closed the ramp so that the roadway to the westbound lanes of the Schuylkill Expressway could be improved and widened by 6 feet. The extra room would make it easier for large trucks and buses to turn onto the ramp, according to PennDOT.
During the closure, motorists will be detoured over Spring Garden Street to 34th Street to access the Girard Avenue ramp to I-76.
The current part of the long-term bridge reconstruction project is expected to be completed by Summer 2015.
PennDOT began construction on the bridges, one 56-years-old and another 46-years-old, last month. The bridges stretch from Eakins Oval, along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, over the Schuylkill River and trail, Interstate 76 and Martin Luther King Drive to N. 31st Street. They carry 15,400 vehicles a day as well as bicycle and pedestrian traffic.
One of the spans is structurally deficient and both are in need of joint replacement, new bearings and pier caps, officials said. The entire 665 feet worth of bridge roadway will be resurfaced and drainage will be improved.
The bridges will then be replaced in two phases: the north side replaced in 2014 and the south side in 2015. Officials say one lane will be open in each direction and pedestrian access will remain.