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University Ave.-34th Street Bridge Will Close for 2½ Weeks Starting Wednesday

 By Steve Tawa

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Beginning tomorrow, January 2nd, motorists who use the University Avenue Bridge in Philadelphia will have to negotiate different routes for more than two weeks.

Penndot’s Charles Metzger says the 84-year-old, steel-girder drawbridge across the Schuylkill River will be in the upright position through January 18th while they do the repair work on the bridge’s bearings.

Two truck detours and one car detour will be in effect. Truck drivers will have to go through the gears, because both northbound and southbound detour routes include seven turns around the Schuylkill Expressway, Passyunk Avenue, Spruce Street, 28th, 34th, and 38th Streets.

Detour signs will be posted.

Metzger says the car detour is more straightforward:

“Cars will be detoured over Grays Ferry Avenue, Woodland Avenue, and 38th Street.”

And Metzger says the work was originally scheduled to begin in early December, “but we were able to push back the start date to coincide with the winter break at the University of Pennsylvania and to give the hospitals more time to prepare for the three-week closure.”

The bridge, which links University Avenue in West Philadelphia with South 34th Street in Grays Ferry, was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1994.

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