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Lincoln Drive Project

Lincoln Drive: Resurfacing and Restoration Project 

The Lincoln Drive Resurfacing and Restoration Project is scheduled to begin on April 30, 2018. The project includes many improvements to Lincoln Drive between Ridge Avenue and Wayne Avenue.  

Roadway improvements include: 

  • Milling and resurfacing, including the high friction asphalt
  • 6 in line stripping and speed legends on the road to warn drives
  • Replacement of the guide rail and median barrier, and other 
  • Drainage improvements 
  • A new architectural finish will be placed on the retaining wall, just north of Forbidden Drive.
  • Improved LED street lights at intersections

Pedestrian upgrades include: 

  • New ADA curb ramps for accessibility at all intersections along this section of Lincoln Drive
  • An asphalt walking path that will extend north of Wissahickon Avenue to Johnson Street
  • New sidewalk on Wissahickon Avenue between Lincoln Drive and Rittenhouse Street

Traffic calming and Vision Zero safety improvements include:

  • At curves, a high friction asphalt paving surface will be applied to reduce skidding in wet weather. Approaching the curves, snap strips (transverse line stripes) will be installed across the lane which make a sound when driving over them to warn drivers of the curve.
  • Installation of surface mounted reflectors for high visibility in dark and wet weather.
  • The existing concrete median barrier will be replaced with a taller barrier to reduce glare from oncoming headlights. The barrier will also have reflectors on it to improve visibility in dark and wet weather.

Other improvements include:

  • Traffic improvements, such as traffic signal mast arms and poles, at all five signalized intersections along this section of Lincoln Drive and at the intersection of Rittenhouse Street & Wissahickon Avenue.  
  • The Philadelphia Water Department will replace a storm water sewer at Harvey Street

Completion of the project will require day and night work. Residents can expect the following:

  • Work taking place between the hours of 6am and 9pm is expected to have minimal impact on traffic flow.
  • Temporary, single lane closures will be permitted during off-peak daytime hours, 9am to 3pm, within the work area, north of Wissahickon Avenue. 
  • For the most part, travel lanes will remain fully open to traffic during morning and evening rush hours. Any potential updates to this will be communicated via separate press releases. 
  • Night work from 9pm to 6am will involve full closures of the roadway during the overnight hours with signed detour routes in-place.

Construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2019. Thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation! We will update this project with the construction schedule and other information as it become available.

Click here for the latest release

Click here for the release issued on 9/6/19

Click here for the release issued on 7/18/19

Click here for the release issued 7/9/18

Overview Presentation (June 2016)