From June 18 to September 17, 2017, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) will be replacing track on a section of its Route 15 trolley line on Girard Avenue. Most of the track was last replaced in the 1950s.
The street structure supporting the tracks has deteriorated due to weather, traffic and the age of the road surface. Approximately 4,100 track feet will be excavated and replaced, and the entire track area will be repaved. The new track is incased in an insulated rubber boot that will result in reduced sound and vibration.
The work will take place east of Broad Street to just west Corinthian Street and will include the east and westbound tracks on the Schuylkill River Bridge and the intersection of 34th Street and Girard Avenue.
Buses will replace trolleys along the entire Route 15 from June 18 through September 17. Trolleys will return between Frankford and Delaware Avenues and 63rd Street and Girard Avenue on September 18.