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Traffic Advisory – SEPTA Trolley Track Renewal Project

Due to the SEPTA (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority) Trolley Project, Spruce Street from 40th Street to 42nd Street will be closed to traffic from March 18 to May 4. Detour signage will direct driving routes around this closure.  The Route 42 Trolley will be detoured during this construction.

Delays are expected in the area, allow for additional time when traveling and seek alternate routes if available.

Details below from SEPTA, or visit



Spruce Street Between 40th Street and 42nd Street


This project includes the excavation and renewal of the existing corroded and broken rail on Spruce Street between 40th Street and 42nd Street. The intersections at 40th & Spruce and 42nd Spruce will not be impacted by this work.

Construction will take place from March 18, 2024 through May 4, 2024.

  • The Route 42 will be detoured during construction. Check for posted signs. Check for travel information or call Customer Service at 215-580-7800.
  • Route 42 diversion is as follows:
    • Route 42 Westbound: via Spruce St, /Left-40th St, /Right-Pine St, /Right-43rd St, /Left-Spruce St, regular route.
    • Route 42 Eastbound: via Spruce St, /Left-43rd St, /Right-Locust St, /Right-40th St, /Left-Spruce St, regular route.
  • All Subway Service Trolleys will operate in the tunnel throughout the duration of this project.


Spruce Street between 40th Street and 42nd Street for the duration of the project. Vehicular traffic and parking will be restricted in the work area. o 41st Street will be closed to thru traffic. Local traffic will be permitted up to the construction site.

  • East of 40th Street on Spruce Street will not be impacted. In addition, southbound traffic on 40th Street and both northbound and southbound traffic on 42nd Street will not be impacted.
  • Motorists traveling from East Spruce Street will be directed to use 40th Street, Baltimore Avenue and 42nd Street.
  • Motorists traveling from West Spruce Street will be directed to use 42nd Street, Locust Street and 40th Street.
  • 41st Street motorists will be directed to use Locust Street, 42nd Street and Pine Street.
  • Posted traffic detours will be erected and maintained around the work area in progress.

Emergency vehicles will have uninterrupted access. Trash collection and other city utilities will continue to have access during the closure.


• Normal construction hours are – Monday through Friday, 7:00 am to 3:30 pm. However, there may be weekdays where crews work past 3:30 pm. Occasional weekend work may also be needed to maintain the project’s timeline.

• The existing track structure will be replaced with new rail encased in a rubber boot based on updated track construction guidelines.

• With projects like this combined with the city’s aging infrastructure, it is not uncommon that crews encounter underground water leaks. When that happens, the Philadelphia Water Department is immediately notified.

• In addition to construction vehicles and equipment, SEPTA will also have a work trailer on site at the northwest corner of 42nd and Spruce.

• Exceptions/Arrangements will be made as required for those with special needs.

• Delivery vehicles will have limited access; drivers may have to park and carry parcels to a specific location.

• Pedestrian access will be maintained during construction.

• Check for travel information or call Customer Service at 215-580-7800.


• Reduced vibrations – increased continuity with steel tie construction and increased bonding.

• New and improved track components – smoother ride for trolleys and vehicular traffic.

• New street surface – new concrete/asphalt paving and line painting once work is completed.

SEPTA greatly appreciates your patience and understanding while this important construction project is completed.

For additional information, visit or contact the SEPTA Customer Service Department at 215-580-7800.