Starting today, the Willow Grove Avenue bridge will be completely closed due to construction.

Streets Commissioner David J. Perri announced earlier that the Notice to Proceed has been issued to Loftus Construction, Inc. for the reconstruction of the Willow Grove Avenue Bridge over SEPTA, adjacent to St. Martins Station.

Detour signs will be posted to direct travelers around the worksite. Access to the adjacent SEPTA station and parking areas will be continuously maintained.

Westbound vehicular and pedestrian traffic will be redirected from Willow Grove Avenue to Lincoln Drive, to Springfield Avenue, to St. Martins Lane, and back to Willow Grove Avenue.

Eastbound vehicular and pedestrian traffic will be redirected from Willow Grove Avenue to St. Martins Lane, to Springfield Avenue, to Lincoln Drive, and back to Willow Grove Avenue. All truck traffic will continue to follow the current, in-place detour.

This project involves the demolition and reconstruction of the existing structurally deficient Willow Grove Avenue Bridge over SEPTA’s Chestnut Hill West Regional Rail Line. The bridge will be replaced with a three-span continuous structure, complete with natural stone veneer parapets and decorative protective barriers to match the surrounding area.

The amount of the construction contract is approximately $3.2M, and it is being funded by 80% federal, 15% state, and 5% city funds.

The Streets Department thanked citizens for their efforts and involvement during the design phase of this project. It also thanked citizens in advance for their patience and cooperation during the upcoming construction phase.

Construction is expected to be completed by December 2015.

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  • Wm Marston

    Trying to determine walking path from ST MARTINS station to St Martins
    in the Fields & back again. Need to know walking lengths, sidewalk
    vs roadway edges, slopes stairs ramps, etc. I can only find images of
    stationhouse, parking lot & **summertime** aerial-satellite fotos
    which obscure walkway etc w trees in full leaf!! Argh… I need to see foto or diagram-plan of WALKWAYS for wintertime safety.

    • Bobbert

      You can take the exact same route you’d normally take the sidewalk on the southern portion of the street (side where the station is located) is completely unobstructed.