I-76 West construction: Expect 2 weeks of closures followed by months of single-lane traffic

By KYW Newsradio 1060
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Construction along the Schuylkill Expressway between 30th Street and University Avenue isn’t going away anytime soon.

For the past several weeks, drivers have endured weekend closures and detours on that stretch of the highway. Construction has already been underway for several months.

Now, crews plan to accelerate the work on the westbound lanes of I-76.

“You’re going to have a single-lane pattern during the day, with nightly closures for about two weeks,” said PennDOT spokesperson Brad Rudolph. “And then each weekend, full closures. That will allow us to complete the westbound lanes in two weeks without impacting several weekends.”

However, Rudolph said crews are ready to move into a new phase.

“We have to do the median barrier work, which was added work to the contract due to its current state,” he said. “It’s very deteriorated. It needs to be repaired. After the westbound lanes are completed — sometime in mid to late August — we will set up a long-term pattern for westbound traffic where they’ll have one lane that gets through.”

The left lane will be closed, he said, and the right lane will be open for about 15 consecutive weeks. That means the South Street ramps will be closed on the westbound side of the expressway, too.

Eastbound I-76 traffic will be shifted slightly, but Rudolph said two lanes will be maintained. He recommends drivers consider alternatives to westbound I-76 during the period.

PennDOT hopes to finish the work and reopen the entire highway by early December.