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SEPTA continues reconstruction work on Market Street line

Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) is ready to begin the next phase of the Market Street Elevated reconstruction project. Between Aug. 12 and Aug. 22, the authority will shut down "El" service from Upper Darby to West Philadelphia — the second time in three months SEPTA has shut down service for nine days to reconstruct the 98-year-old line.

This summer, SEPTA is demolishing and replacing 1,500 feet of track and third-rail electrical power between 56th and 61st streets, installing 26 column bents continuing to rebuild 56th Street Station and beginning to rebuild 60th Street Station.

SEPTA began construction on the $567 million project in 2000. Scheduled to be complete in 2008, the project includes reconstructing five stations in West Philadelphia and Millbourne Station in Delaware County, and replacing 11,000 feet of guideway between Millbourne Station and 46th Street with a new single-column bent structure.

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