Morning Headlines: Vine Street Bridge Improvements Start Next Week

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PennDOT’s plans to improve seven aging bridges over the Vine Street Expressway are set to get underway on April 14. According to Emily Babay at, the work will begin at the pedestrian bridge near the Family Court (and possible future Kimpton Hotel), that structure will be demolished and replaced. Here’s the deal about how this will impact your commute:

Eastbound I-676 is set to be closed during those hours on Tuesday, April 14, and Thursday, April 16, while westbound lanes are set to be closed Wednesday, April 15, or Friday, April 17. An additional eastbound or westbound closure is possible Saturday.

Work is expected to take place in the early morning hours between midnight and 5 a.m. and will cease during the World Meeting of Families, you know, when Pope Francis I comes to town. In addition to the work on these seven bridges, PennDOT announced in February that this $64.8 million project actually allowed them to save money by combining the contracts of each of the seven bridges. That savings of over $10 million has allowed them to start and speed up projects on the Chestnut Street Bridge, the Schuylkill Expressway and West Schuylkill Avenue.

Construction on Vine Street Expressway bridges starts next week []

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