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South Street Bridge Closing: December 8
November 25, 2008, Volume 55, No. 14


South Street Bridge

The City of Philadelphia’s Streets Department officials have announced that on Monday, December 8, 2008 the South Street Bridge (in the foreground, spanning the Schuylkill River above) will be closed to all vehicular and pedestrian traffic.

The demolition and rebuilding of the bridge requires complete closure of the structure between Convention Avenue and 27th Street, including the on- and off-ramps connecting South Street and I-76. Be prepared for significant vehicular congestion throughout University City, as well as periodic traffic and parking changes in the vicinity of campus for the duration of this 24-month project.

For those who commute via SEPTA and utilize the University City Station, the station will remain open and accessible during the South Street Bridge reconstruction project. The station exit at South Street will be closed, requiring passengers to utilize the station exit at Convention Avenue. The University of Pennsylvania has not been informed by SEPTA of any service changes.

A special shuttle/bus service will be in place to provide access to the Hollenback Center and the sports fields to the southeast from the time of the South Street Bridge closure until the installation of the Weave Bridge, a new pedestrian connection designed to cross over the existing Amtrak rail lines, can be completed.

As additional information about the South Street Bridge project and its impact on the Penn community becomes available, it will be posted on Penn’s South Street Bridge website (www.publicsafety.upenn.edu/ssbridge/). The site also provides resources for anyone traveling to campus, by car, bike, public transportation or on foot.

More information on the City’s plans can be viewed by visiting their official website at: http://potholes.phila.gov/southstreetbridge.

Questions about commuting to campus during the South Street Bridge reconstruction project, should be sent to: ssbridge@exchange.upenn.edu.

Almanac - November 25, 2008, Volume 55, No. 14