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Southbound Richmond Street to Close Through Late 2019

Richmond Street will be closed to southbound traffic between Allegheny Avenue and Ann Street beginning Monday, August 13, through late 2019 for construction on a project to rebuild and improve Richmond Street between Ann Street and Westmoreland Street in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia.

During the 16-month closure, southbound Richmond Street motorists will be detoured west on Allegheny Avenue, south on Aramingo Avenue, and east on Lehigh Avenue to access Richmond Street. Northbound Richmond Street traffic will be maintained during this closure.

Richmond Street remains two-ways between Allegheny Avenue and Westmoreland Street until this fall, when the southbound closure will be extended to Westmoreland Street.

Utility relocation and installation is currently underway and will continue for the remainder of 2018 under the first phase of the project. Construction also is currently taking place to widen Melvale Street, which runs parallel to the east of Richmond Street between Wishart Street and East Clearfield Street, to provide additional parking spaces for residents in the work area.

Reconstruction of the roadway and sidewalks, the second phase of the project, will begin in late 2018 or early 2019. The entire project is expected to be completed in late 2019. A.P. Construction, Inc., of Blackwood, New Jersey, is the general contractor on the project which is financed with 90 percent federal and 10 percent state funds.

Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling near the construction areas because slowdowns will occur. The contractor’s schedule is weather dependent and subject to change.

For more information on the I-95 improvement project, visit