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PHILADELPHIA – In an effort to improve traffic safety at the intersection of Broad Street and Erie Avenue, the Streets Department and SEPTA will be removing approximately 70 feet of unused trolley track on Erie Avenue at Broad Street, starting Friday, November 9 at 6pm and concluding Tuesday, November 13 at 7am, announced Streets Commissioner Carlton Williams. This work is Vision Zero initiative and requires Broad Street at Erie Avenue to be temporarily closed to vehicular traffic. Pedestrian traffic will be accommodated. The scheduled work is contingent upon the weather.

SEPTA anticipates track removal to begin approximately 6pm on Friday and continue overnight until Saturday morning. Streets Department will follow with road restoration operations during daytime hours Saturday through Tuesday morning.  

Detour signs will be posted. Motorists are advised of the following traffic detours:    

  • Broad Street will be temporarily closed through this intersection for the entire construction period. Motorists are encouraged to use Germantown Avenue as an alternative route.
  • Erie Avenue will be closed intermittently. Traffic will be detoured to Pike and Butler Streets when Erie Avenue is closed.
  • Local traffic will have access to area businesses.
  • Accommodations for SEPTA buses with normal routes on Broad Street and on Erie Avenue will be coordinated with SEPTA. Visit SEPTA’s website at for route changes and detours.

On-street parking near corners will be restricted to allow vehicles to turn. Motorists are urged not to park vehicles on work sites where temporary "No Parking" signs are posted to avoid vehicles being towed. In the event a vehicle is towed, please contact local Police Districts (25th and 39th) to determine its location. 

The Streets Department and SEPTA thanks citizens in advance for their patience and cooperation during this project.