Philadelphia – Streets Commissioner Carlton Williams announced today that the existing Montgomery Avenue Bridge, located between 29th Street and Sedgley Avenue, will be closed to all modes of traffic on Monday, December 13, 2021, weather permitting.  Bridge closure signs have been posted in advance to announce the closure.  The bridge closure is expected to last for about two years to allow for the complete reconstruction of the existing bridge.

Access to local residents and businesses will be maintained, as best as possible.  Vehicular and pedestrian detour signs will be posted to direct travelers around the worksite, as follows:

  • Vehicular traffic will be redirected from Montgomery Avenue, using 33rd Street, to Oxford Street, onto Glenwood Avenue and back to Montgomery Avenue.
  • Pedestrian traffic will be redirected from Montgomery Avenue, using 31st Street, to Cecil B. Moore Avenue, onto Glenwood Avenue, and back to Montgomery Avenue.

This project involves the demolition and removal of the existing five span bridge carrying Montgomery Avenue over and above the railroad tracks of AMTRAK and Conrail.  The project includes the construction of a new single-span, steel, composite, multi-girder superstructure with a reinforced concrete deck supported by full height reinforced concrete abutments.  Project also includes construction of moment slabs in the bridge approaches, new curb and sidewalk, street lighting, ADA curb ramps, and other miscellaneous construction, as well as construction of a portion of the brick roadway in the bridge approach.

Construction will be performed by the bridge contractor, Buckley & Company, of Philadelphia.  Construction is expected to be completed by the Spring of 2024. The value of the construction contract is $17.2M, and is being funded using Federal (80%) and State (15%) grants along with City Capital funds (5%).

The Streets Department thanks residents and motorists in advance for their patience and cooperation during the construction phase of the project.  Residents are asked not to approach employees or contractors for information as they practice social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.