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DRPA Announces Temporary Closure of Richmond Street Exit Ramp
Delaware River Port Authority to close Richmond Street exit ramp to perform construction on the Betsy Ross Bridge.
CAMDEN, N.J.- The Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) today announced the temporary closure of the local Richmond Street exit ramp on the Philadelphia side during which time the next phase of the Betsy Ross Bridge resurfacing will be completed. This closure is set to begin on or around March 7th and will last approximately six to eight weeks.
Extended closure of the local Richmond Street exit ramp enables two travel lanes westbound during peak and, as needed, off-peak periods with a split traffic work zone. It also avoids creating a single westbound bridge travel lane across the Betsy Ross Bridge. The long term closure of this exit was not originally planned, but became necessary in light of safety concerns of potential crossover traffic at the end of the work zone entering Philadelphia.
“Closing the Richmond Street ramp is our safest and most convenient option,” said DRPA CEO John T. Hanson. ”We understand the inconvenience this closure may cause to motorists and the communities that may experience increased traffic due to a detour and we will provide advance notification and adequate signage alerting motorists to accessible detour routes to proactively reduce these temporary inconveniences.”
About DRPA: The Delaware River Port Authority is a regional transportation agency that serves as steward of four bridges that cross the Delaware River between Pennsylvania and New Jersey: the Ben Franklin, Walt Whitman, Commodore Barry and Betsy Ross Bridges. Through its Port Authority Transit Corporation (PATCO), the DRPA also operates a transit line between Camden County, New Jersey and Center City Philadelphia. Learn more at www.drpa.org.
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