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Bells Mill Rd Closed for Construction, Germantown to Stenton, effective August 3rd

Philadelphia, PA – Bells Mill Road  between Germantown and Stenon Avenues will be closed to traffic, beginning Monday, August 3rd, announced Streets Commissioner Carlton Williams. The closure will allow for roadway construction work.  Motorists are advised that closure and detour signs will be posted around the work area.  Construction is anticipated to last 30 days, and East Bells Mill Road is expected to be reopened by early September.


The full road closure of Bells Mill Road, from Germantown to Stenton, is necessary for scheduled roadway base repairs and resurfacing work.  In addition to resurfacing, the existing concrete barrier will be removed and new guide rail will be installed over the existing culvert.  The detour route during the closure will be Germantown Avenue to Hillcrest Avenue to Stenton Avenue. Although traffic detour signs will be posted around the work area, local access for residents along Bells Mill Road will be maintained during construction.


This work is being completed as part of the Citywide 105 Chestnut Hill Resurfacing and ADA Ramp Project and is funded with a combination of City and Federal Funds.  Work on this $4.7M project is being performed by Tony DePaul and Son Contractors.


While the Streets Department will make every effort to minimize disruption to traffic, residents are urged to plan ahead and use alternative routes when traveling in these areas.


The Streets Department thanks the residents in advance for their patience and cooperation during this project. For more information on the City’s Paving Program, visit or check the progress of paving across the city using the PavePHL tool found on, a platform which allows the Streets Department to communicate to the public about paving and other Department services.  Residents are asked not to approach employees or contractors for information as they practice social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.