SEPTA Schedules Switch and Track Crossing Renewal Project at 49th and Woodland

Work to take place June 9-22

SEPTA has scheduled a switch and track crossing renewal project for the intersection of 49th Street and Woodland Avenue from June 9-22, 2013. Service on SEPTA’s Route 11 and 36 trolleys will be affected during the two-week project.

Route 11 Service

Eastbound, Route 11 trolleys will operate from the Darby Loop to 50th Street and Woodland Avenue, then travel over 49th Street to Chester Avenue and on to the 40th Street Portal for Center City destinations. Passengers needing to make stops on Woodland between 50th Street and the 40th Street Portal can transfer to shuttle buses at 50th and Woodland.

Westbound, trolleys will operate from 13th to 40th Streets via the Center City tunnel, then travel on Woodland Avenue to Chester Avenue to 58th Street and back to Woodland for service to the Darby Loop. Shuttle buses will be available at the 40th Street Portal for customers that need to make stops on Woodland between the Portal and 57th Street.

Route 36 Service

Buses will replace all trolleys from the Eastwick Loop to the 40th Street Portal. Passengers traveling to Center City can board any trolley at the Portal for service to 13th Street.

Most of the track in this area was installed in the mid-1980s, and this switch and track crossing renewal project is normal replacement of the track infrastructure. SEPTA will excavate, renew and pave all tracks within the intersection of 49th and Woodland. Among the improvements resulting from the project will be reduced sound and vibrations and a smoother ride due to the new track components.

Normal construction hours will be Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Weekend work will be required to maintain the project schedule. During the project, 49th Street and Woodland Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic in all directions for a full block from the worksite. All side streets will be closed to thru traffic, but local traffic will be permitted up to the construction site closure. Vehicular traffic, including buses, will be detoured around the construction sites. Parking will not be allowed in the area or adjacent to the tracks being reconstructed, however, exceptions will be made for those with special needs. Access for businesses will be arranged.

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