May 8, 2018


Melrose Avenue Bridge to Close for Three Months for Rehabilitation in the City of Chester, Delaware County


King of Prussia, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that construction is scheduled to begin on Monday, May 21, to rehabilitate the bridge carrying Melrose Avenue over Interstate 95 in the City of Chester, Delaware County, as part of a project to rehabilitate eight bridges over the interstate and CSX Railroad in the city.


During construction, the Melrose Street bridge between 12th Street and 13th Street will be closed to vehicles and pedestrians. Motorists and pedestrians will be directed to use 12th Street and 14th Street to access the Chestnut Street Bridge to cross I-95. The detour will be in place until the bridge reopens in late August.


Under this improvement project, PennDOT is rehabilitating the multi-span, steel girder bridges on Potter Street, Madison Street, Upland Street, Melrose Avenue, Chestnut Street, Edgmont Avenue, and the Crosby Street and Walnut Street pedestrian structures. The contractor is also improving the I-95 south exit ramp at Chestnut Street.


PennDOT owns the Edgmont Avenue and Madison Street bridges, and the City of Chester owns the remaining six structures. 


In addition to the bridge and ramp improvements, PennDOT’s contractor is repairing Chestnut Street and Morton Avenue from 12th Street to 4th Street; reconstructing curbs and sidewalks; milling and resurfacing the streets; installing a new traffic signal at Chestnut Street and Morton Avenue; upgrading the traffic signal at Morton Avenue and 7th Street; and reconstructing Morton Avenue from 7th Street to 4th Street to lower the road under the Amtrak overpass to increase vertical clearance.   


South State, Inc. of Bridgeton, N.J. is the general contractor on the $16.6 million project which is financed with 100 percent state funds.


For more information on projects occurring or being bid this year, those made possible by or accelerated by Act 89, or those on the department’s Four and Twelve Year Plans, visit


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