Lane shifts ahead for Roosevelt Expressway drivers

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By KYW Newsradio 1060

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Drivers who have been navigating the construction zone on Route 1, the Roosevelt Expressway in North Philadelphia, the past couple of months are about to see some big changes.

Southbound drivers will see a significant traffic shift as crews complete the first phase of repairs on the Wayne Junction viaduct between the Broad Street and Wissahickon/Germantown exits in the Nicetown section of the city.

"Southbound motorists, between Fox and 17th basically, will have a new pattern in place, sometime at the end of October," PennDOT’s Brad Rudolph said. "We’re shooting for about Oct. 26 right now."

Here’s what southbound drivers can expect.

"One lane of southbound traffic on the rehabilitated median with the second southbound lane remaining on the outside," explained Rudolph. "And then, two lanes of northbound traffic will remain where they are on the northbound side."

To prepare for the lane shifts, Rudolph said crews will be restricting traffic tonight and for the next few days in both northbound and southbound lanes.

“This is the first significant shift,” he said. “You’re still going to have two lanes of traffic going in both directions during peak travel times. It’s the overnight hours -- 6 p.m. to 5 a.m., or 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. -- where you’re going to have some restrictions. They’re going to take a lane in both directions.”

Rudolph said drivers need to be prepared for delays and slowdowns during those nighttime hours, but all four lanes will be reopened in time for the morning rush.

Rudolph said this stretch of the Roosevelt Expressway really needed attention.

Roughly 125,000 drives use this expressway every day, Rudolph said. “So we understand demands, that’s why we’re maintaining traffic.”

Rudolph said drivers should brace themselves for construction work to continue on Route 1 until the end of 2023.