Rerouting ... construction on 15th Street bridge begins next week

Mike DeNardo
November 26, 2019 - 1:41 pm
Construction to rebuild the 15th Street bridge between Hamilton and Callowhill Streets is scheduled to start Monday, weather permitting.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A yearlong detour is in store for drivers and walkers in Philadelphia's Spring Garden neighborhood, when the 15th Street bridges closes for reconstruction.

Construction to rebuild the bridge between Hamilton and Callowhill streets is scheduled to start Monday, Dec. 2, weather permitting. That means southbound 15th Street will close to traffic at Spring Garden Street, and drivers will have to go to Broad Street or 17th Street to continue south toward Vine Street.

Callowhill, currently one-way westbound, will become a two-way street between 15th and 17th streets. 

Fences will go up, and pedestrians will be diverted to 16th Street during the construction. In addition to shoring up the bridge, the crews will be installing new curbs and resurfacing Callowhill between 13th and 17th.  The bridge spans the old Reading Viaduct rail line. City and state money totalling $9 million is funding the project.