Track Renewal Project Scheduled along SEPTA’s Route 36 Trolley

Track Renewal Project Scheduled along SEPTA’s Route 36 Trolley

Work on Elmwood Avenue Begins March 18, 2018

SEPTA will conduct a track renewal project on a portion of its Route 36 trolley line from March 18 – June 9, 2018. The project will take place on Elmwood Avenue between 59th-65th Streets.

The track in this area was installed in the 1970s. The street structure supporting the tracks has deteriorated due to weather, traffic and the age of the road surface. SEPTA will excavate and replace approximately 3,100 track feet and repave the track area. The new track will result in reduced sound and vibration because the new rail is incased in an insulated rubber boot. The new and improved track components will make for a smoother ride and allow SEPTA to provide safe and reliable trolley service.

Buses will replace trolleys along the Route 36 from 80th Street and Eastwick Avenue to the 40th Street Trolley Portal for the duration of the project, beginning March 18, 2018. Passengers can board any Route 11, 13 or 34 trolley for service between the 40th Street Portal and Center City.

The project will start at 59th Street and progress west. Through lanes on Elmwood Avenue will be closed, up to three blocks at a time, to all traffic. Elmwood Avenue will remain open for emergency vehicles, however delivery and trash removal vehicles will have limited access. All side streets in the construction areas will be closed to thru traffic, but local traffic will be permitted up to construction sites. Parking will not be permitted in the area or adjacent to the tracks being reconstructed, however, exceptions will be made for those with special needs. Walking access for businesses will be arranged.

Normal construction hours will be Monday-Friday, 7 am-8 pm Weekend work may be required to maintain the project schedule. The parking lane on the north side of Elmwood Avenue between 61st and 62nd and 64th and 65th Streets will be closed so rail strings can be welded and stored until installation.

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