PHILADELPHIA – The Streets Department is announcing the start of construction for the roundabout located at 20th Street, Penrose Avenue, Packer Avenue, and Moyamensing Avenue.  Beginning the week of April 8, the city’s contractor will be performing preparation work for upcoming traffic pattern changes. The preparation work will include small portions of island removal, asphalt patching and involve temporary lane closures as needed while maintaining traffic through the intersection.

During the weekend evening hours of April 26-28, the city’s contractor will fully close the intersection to implement new traffic patterns to allow space for the construction of the roundabout. Friday, April 26 through Sunday, April 28 the intersection will be closed to provide the city’s contractor room to bring in concrete barrier, barrels, signs and use temporary line striping to implement a temporary roundabout condition. The existing traffic signal will be turned off and removed during this time period.  The intersection will reopen to traffic the evening of Sunday April 28 in a temporary roundabout condition.

Detour routes will be in place during the weekend closure. Detour signs will be in place directing motorists to use Pattison Avenue/Oregon Avenue/Broad Street to navigate around the intersection closure. Road closure signs will be in place at the major intersections in advance of the closure alerting the traveling public of the weekend detour.  Construction notification signs will be posted at the intersection announcing the time leading up to the closure.

The temporary roundabout condition will be maintained throughout the duration of construction until the permanent roundabout is completed. During the roundabout construction, a tractor trailer detour will be in place and signs will be present directing traffic around the intersection. A temporary detour for Moyamensing Avenue SB is anticipated during the start of construction to allow completion of work on this leg of the intersection. Signage will warn the traveling public of this detour. Once this work is complete the detour will be lifted. Pedestrian traffic will be maintained through the intersection. Coordination will be ongoing to allow SEPTA bus routes through the intersection.

This work is being completed by JPC Inc. Contractors.  The value of the construction contract is $5.8M and is funded through Automated Red Light Enforcement (ARLE) and State County Fee funds.  Construction is anticipated to be complete by winter 2024.

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