Streets Dept. begins large Center City repaving project

The Philadelphia Streets Department announced Monday that it would begin resurfacing a score (and three) streets across Center City starting last night, including the pock-marked stretches surrounding Washington and Rittenhouse Squares. 

Most of the work will occur at night. The streets will be milled, meaning the top layers of asphalt will be stripped off, starting at 7 PM. As this Streetsplainer explicates, there is usually a gap between milling and repaving. After milling, manholes will need to be inspected before the roads can be repaved with new asphalt and then repainted with new traffic lines. 

Center City’s streets aren’t the only ones getting some work done. A complete list of Street Department projects for this week can be found here.

Center City residents and commuters who park on or near the following streets will have to deal with slightly longer walks to and from their cars while the work happens – keep an eye out for temporary “No Parking” signs – just in time for this awesome heat wave. But before you grumble and complain, remember two things: (1) you’ll be less likely to lose an axle on these newly smooth roads in just a few weeks, and (2) you’re not the poor guy (or gal) stuck pouring hot asphalt in this heat.

  • 7th Street                                  South Street to Washington Square
  • Washington Square                  6th Street to Washington Square West
  • Washington Square                  Washington Square to Walnut Street
  • 7th Street                                  Washington Square to Market Street
  • 2nd Street                                 Race Street to Arch Street
  • Race Street                              2nd Street to S. Columbus Boulevard
  • Ranstead Street                       4th Street to 5th Street
  • Ranstead Street                       6th Street to 7th Street
  • Juniper Street                          Race Street to Vine Street
  • Clover  Street                           12th Street to 13th Street
  • Ludlow Street                          10th Street to 11th Street
  • Latimer Street                          15th Street to 16th Street
  • Rittenhouse Square                 Walnut Street to S. Rittenhouse Square
  • S. Rittenhouse Square             Rittenhouse Square to 18th Street
  • 19th Street                               S. Rittenhouse Square to Washington Avenue*
  • 15th Street                               South Street to Washington Avenue*
  • 16th Street                               Walnut Street to Washington Avenue*
  • Lombard Street                        13th to Broad Streets
  • Appletree Street                      10th  Street to 11th Street
  • Moravian Street                       19th Street to 20th Street
  • Kater Street                             17th Street to Broad Street
  • 13th Street                               Race Street to Vine Street

*CORRECTION: The original press release mistakenly wrote “Washington Square” instead of “Washington Avenue” and PlanPhilly repeated this error.

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