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East Bells Mill Road Closure Extended- Anticipated to Reopen to Traffic Late October

PHILADELPHIA – Streets Commissioner Carlton Williams announced today that Bells Mill Road, from Germantown Avenue to Stenton Avenue, will continue to be closed to traffic through the end of October due to scheduled roadway construction work.  Motorists are advised that closure and detour signs will continue to be posted around the work area.  Construction is anticipated to be completed at the end of October 2020. The detour route during the closure will be Germantown Avenue to Hillcrest Avenue to Stenton Avenue.

The ongoing full road closure of Bells Mill Road from Germantown to Stenton is necessary for the scheduled roadway base repairs, resurfacing, guide rail, and line striping work.  In addition to resurfacing, the existing culvert required repairs prior to reopening the roadway which required an extended closure.  Although traffic detour 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 being funded with a combination of City and Federal Funds.  Work on this $4.7M project is being performed by Tony DePaul and Son Contractors.

The Streets Department thanks the residents in advance for their patience and cooperation during this project. 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.

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.