PennDOT to Replace 7 Bridges Over Vine Street Expressway

The bridges over I-676 will be replaced starting next year. PennDOT says they'll be remade "more pedestrian friendly."

PennDOT will spend $65 million to replace seven bridges over the Vine Street Expressway, the agency said in a statement. The 22nd Street, 21st Street, Benjamin Franklin Parkway/20th Street, 19th Street, 18th Street, and Family Court and Free Library pedestrian bridges will be replaced over the next five years.

Buckley & Company is the low bidder for the bridge replacement.

“We look forward to starting construction in early 2015 to build new structures over I-676 from 22nd to 18th streets to provide motorists and pedestrians with decades of safe, uninterrupted travel,” PennDOT’s Lester C. Toaso said in a statement. “This infrastructure improvement project also includes enhancements above I-676 to make the surrounding area more pedestrian friendly and aesthetically pleasing.”

[Patch | Inquirer]