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Construction to Begin on the 15th Street Bridge Rehabilitation Project on Monday, Dec. 2nd

Bridge Closure and Traffic Conversion Change Begins Monday, December 2

PHILADELPHIA – Streets Commissioner Carlton Williams announced today that the 15th Street Bridge, located between Hamilton and Callowhill Streets, will be closed to traffic on Monday, December 2nd, weather permitting. The bridge is expected to be reopened to traffic by December 2020. The closure is required to begin the bridge rehabilitation.

In conjunction with the bridge closure, Callowhill Street from 15th to 17th Streets will convert from one-way to two-way traffic to accommodate the vehicular detour. This traffic conversion will only be in place while the bridge is closed for construction. The contractor will be line striping Callowhill Street to make it two-directions and will install bridge closure fencing. Once construction starts, the bridge will be completely closed to all modes of traffic. Access to local businesses will be maintained as best as possible. Detour signs will be posted to direct travelers around the worksite, as follows: 

Southbound vehicular traffic will be redirected from 15th Street, using westbound Spring Garden Street, to southbound 19th Street, onto eastbound Callowhill Street, and back to 15th Street.
Southbound pedestrian traffic will be redirected from 15th Street, using westbound Hamilton Street, to southbound 16th Street, onto westbound Callowhill Street, and back to 15th Street.
Northbound pedestrian traffic will be redirected from 15th Street, using westbound Callowhill Street, to northbound 16th Street, onto eastbound Hamilton Street, and back to 15th Street.

This project involves the rehabilitation of the 15th Street Bridge including the installation of curb barrier, security fence, street lighting, right of way fence, traffic signal upgrades at several intersections, ADA compliant curb ramps, and roadway resurfacing with pavement markings on Callowhill Street from 13th Street to 17th Street.

Construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2020.  Buckley & Company is the contractor.  The value of the construction contract is $8.6M and is being funded using combination of State Act 13 and City Capital funds. The Streets Department thanks the citizens in advance for their patience and cooperation during the reconstruction.