Willow Grove Avenue Bridge closed to traffic beginning Monday

The much-discussed reconstruction and subsequent closure of the Willow Grove Avenue Bridge is set to begin Monday.

Construction is expected to last throughout 2015.

Cars will be detoured around the construction site. Access to the adjacent St. Martin’s SEPTA station and its parking areas will be “continuously maintained,” according to the Philadelphia Streets Department

Westbound traffice will be redirected from Willow Grove Avenue to Lincoln Drive, to Springfield Avenue, to St. Martins Lane and back to Willow Grove Avenue. 

Eastbound traffice will be redirected from Willow Grove Avenue to St. Martins Lane, to Springfield Avenue, to Lincoln Drive and back to Willow Grove Avenue. 

The year-long project will reconstruct the structurally deficient bridge that runs over the Chestnut Hill West SEPTA regional rail line. 

“The bridge will be replaced with a three-span continuous structure, complete with natural stone veneer parapets and decorative protective barriers to match the surrounding area,” according to the Streets Department. 

The construction will cost approximately $3.2 million. Eighty percent of the contract is funded by the federal government; 15 percent comes from the state and 5 percent comes from the city. 



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