Construction is coming: What Schuylkill Expressway drivers need to know

Mark Abrams
May 19, 2019 - 4:00 am

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Game of Thrones maybe ending Sunday, but the season primere of more construction along the Schuylkill Expressway is set to debut Monday night.

PennDOT spokesman Brad Rudolph says 7 p.m. Monday the eastbound Walnut Street ramp to 30th Street will be closed and a detour will go into effect.

He says the ramp, which is used by thousands on a daily basis, is expected to be closed for at least a month. 

So what are the options for drivers to get around it?

"We're asking that they continue on Walnut Street and then they're going to make a left on 38th to University Avenue and then south on the 34th Street Bridge to get to the ramp to eastbound 76," Rudolph explains.

He says construction crews will be doing repairs to the ramp structure and then the plan to lay a new road surface on the ramp.

Sadly for drivers, Rudolph says, this project won’t be the only road work coming.

"When this ramp re-opens, we're going to be closing Chestnut Street for about a year to rehabilitate that bridge and that structure there," he said.

Drivers who use the Schuylkill Expressway - also known as Interstate 76 - in the area of 30th Street have faced night-time lane restrictions and temporary closures for more than a year.

That's part of a reconstruction of the viaduct carrying Schuylkill Avenue over the expressway between Walnut Street and Market Street.