I-676 to Close at Night Next Week for Construction

The closure will hamper late-night and early-morning travel in Center City next week.

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Starting next Monday, both directions of Interstate 676 will close at night for bridge construction.

Between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m., drivers will not be able to access the stretch of road between I-76 and the Broad Street interchanges. 

Throughout the past few months, I-676 has closed intermittently – and usually at night – to accommodate a four-year, $64.8 million effort by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to replace several structurally deficient bridges in the city. Next week, PennDOT will resume work on the 21st and 22nd street bridges, which cross over I-676.

About 20 percent of bridges in the state are structurally deficient, according to a recent report from The American Road & Transportation Builders Association.

PennDOT posted a list of detours on its website yesterday:

When I-676 east is closed, the following detours will be in place:

• From I-76 east: Exit at 30th Street/Market Street (Exit 345); right at Arch Street; left at 30th Street; left at Market Street; left at 16th Street; right at Vine Street to the ramp to I-676 east;

• From I-76 west: Exit at 30th Street (Exit 345); take Schuylkill Avenue to Market Street; right at Market Street; left at 16th Street; right at Vine Street to the ramp to I-676 east;

• Those traveling east on Benjamin Franklin Parkway and intending to use the 24th Street on-ramp: Follow Benjamin Franklin Parkway around Logan Circle and bear right onto Vine Street east; follow Vine Street to the ramp to I-676 east.

When I-676 west is closed, the following detours will be in place for passenger cars and trucks to follow:

• To I-76 East and West: Exit I-676 west at Broad Street (Route 611) Interchange; take 15th Street south; right on J.F.K. Boulevard; right on Schuylkill Avenue and follow signs to I-76 east and I-76 west;

• From 16th Street north of J.F.K. Boulevard: Follow 16th Street north; right at Spring Garden Street; right at 15th Street; right at J.F.K. Boulevard; right on Schuylkill Avenue to ramps to I-76 east and I-76 west;

• From 16th Street south of J.F.K. Boulevard: Follow 16th Street north; left at J.F.K. Boulevard; right on Schuylkill Avenue to ramps to I-76 east and I-76 west.

Visit PennDOT’s website for more information and additional detours.

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