Benjamin Franklin Parkway Traffic Pattern Change Starts Friday Morning in Philadelphia for Bridge Construction
King of Prussia, PA - A traffic pattern change
with accompanying lane restrictions will start Friday morning, October
23, on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway between 21st Street and 20th
Street in Philadelphia for the replacement of the bridge carrying 20th
Street and the Parkway over Interstate 676, the Pennsylvania Department
of Transportation said today.
Crews will replace the 20th Street/Parkway bridge in three
construction stages through July 2017. This structure, which is 96 feet
long and 517 feet wide, is one of seven structurally deficient bridges
over I-676 that PennDOT is replacing as part of a $64.8 million
transportation improvement project that began in April 2015.
The new construction traffic pattern, which is scheduled to
be in place by 5:00 AM Friday and continue until July 2016, will reduce
the Parkway's eastbound inner lanes from three lanes to two approaching
21st Street, and shift the two eastbound through lanes to the right
onto temporary pavement to merge with Winter Street approaching the 20th
Street intersection. Three eastbound lanes will continue across 20th
Street onto Logan Circle.
Westbound traffic will have two lanes coming from Logan
Circle onto the Parkway at 20th Street. Motorists will follow the
temporary construction traffic pattern to return to the Parkway's
westbound inner lanes where a third lane returns at 21st Street. The
Parkway's westbound outer lanes will remain open and unchanged.
The speed limit on the Parkway through the temporary construction traffic pattern will be 15 miles per hour.
In addition, motorists traveling north on 20th Street will
experience a slight shift in the travel lanes when driving through the
intersection with the Parkway.
The schedule for implementing the temporary construction traffic pattern is weather dependent.
The Parkway's eastbound outer lanes remain closed at 21st
Street. Motorists continue to be detoured over 21st Street and Winter
The bridges carrying 20th Street/Parkway, 19th Street, and
pedestrian walkways at the Free Library and former Family Court building
are the first four of seven structures to be replaced under this
project. PennDOT also will replace the deteriorating bridges carrying
22nd Street, 21st Street, and 18th Street.
The seven bridges over I-676 are being replaced in two major
stages to minimize traffic impacts. The entire project is scheduled to
finish in fall 2019.