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Richmond Street closure starts today

Everything you need to know about the two-year Rich­mond Street de­tour. 

A two-year clos­ure of Rich­mond Street is set to be­gin Monday, Feb. 3, the Pennsylvania De­part­ment of Trans­port­a­tion an­nounced yes­ter­day.

The de­tour is part of a con­struc­tion pro­ject in­volving four new over­head Con­trail bridges and a sew­er main re­place­ment. Rich­mond Street will be de­toured between Le­high Av­en­ue and Cam­bria Street, PennDOT said.

The street was ori­gin­ally sched­uled to close Jan. 23, but was delayed due to weath­er con­di­tions.

The de­tour will take traffic on Rich­mond Street over Le­high Av­en­ue, Ara­mingo Av­en­ue and Al­legheny Av­en­ue. Rich­mond Street will be re­built on a new align­ment to the east of the ex­ist­ing road­way to make room for a new ramp and oth­er im­prove­ments on I-95, PennDOT said.

The Route 15 bus de­tour starts today, too. Head­ing north, the bus will stop on Thompson Street at Cum­ber­land Street, Hunt­ing­don Street, Le­high Av­en­ue, Somer­set Street, Mon­mouth Street, Ann Street, Elkhart Street, Clem­entine Street and Al­legheny Av­en­ue. Head­ing south, the bus will stop on Ara­mingo Av­en­ue at Cum­ber­land Street, on Bel­grade Street at Ara­mingo Av­en­ue, Le­high Av­en­ue, Somer­set Street, Cam­bria Street, Birch Street (on the far side of the street), In­di­ana Av­en­ue and Clear­field Street and on Al­legheny Av­en­ue at Ed­ge­mont Street. 

The fin­ished pro­ject will in­clude two through lanes, a cen­ter turn lane, tracks for SEPTA’s Route 15 trol­ley, north­bound and south­bound bi­cycle lanes, side­walks and dec­or­at­ive street lights, ac­cord­ing to PennDOT.

The con­struc­tion is part of a $91 mil­lion pro­ject to im­prove the I-95/Gir­ard Av­en­ue In­ter­change. The pro­ject is sched­uled to fin­ish in early 2016, PennDOT said.

For more in­form­a­tion on the I-95 im­prove­ments in the area of the Gir­ard Av­en­ue In­ter­change, vis­it www.95re­vive.com.

You can reach at cdifiore@bsmphilly.com.

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