Concrete barricades show Gallery Mall reconstruction moving to new phase

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Traffic on Eighth Street is restricted by a concrete barrier in preparation for the reconstruction of The Gallery mall. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Traffic on Eighth Street is restricted by a concrete barrier in preparation for the reconstruction of The Gallery mall. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Transforming the outside of Philadelphia’s Gallery mall in Philadelphia is translating into lane changes for drivers and pedestrians.  

The change will last more than a year as the $575 million reconstruction continues.

Concrete barricades have poked into Market Street, and several other roads around the Gallery that will be transformed into the Fashion Outlets of Philadelphia.   

Pat O’Donnell of the city streets department said they are positioned to protect pedestrians as the concrete sides of the mall are opened up as part of an overhaul.

“The barriers are being established for a temporary pedestrian cattle chute during the project and as it moves along,” O’Donnell said. “The pedestrian pathway is being created on the north side of Market Street.”

Creating the walkway in the street means traffic lanes on Market are moving closer together.  

The changes are expected to be in place for 18 months.

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