Penn Medicine will begin the final phase of tunnel construction connecting the future Pavilion to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). The construction is expected to last until mid-summer 2019.

The tunnel will extend across 33rd and 34th Streets at the location of the current HUP Emergency Department. It's designed to handle patient transport and materials management between the two buildings.

Every effort has been made to minimize the impact on everyday hospital operations. However, as a result of shifting traffic patterns, intermittent traffic disruption may occur.

Please note the following changes during the construction period:

    • Two southbound lanes of traffic along 34th Street and one northbound lane of traffic along 33rd Street will be maintained at all times.
    • Walking in the street is prohibited in and around the tunnel work zone.
    • 33rd Street sidewalk is closed from Convention Avenue to South Street.
    • Septa bus stop at 34th Street and Convention Avenue will be closed. Service is relocated to Civic Center Boulevard and Osler Circle.
    • Septa bus stops at 34th and Spruce and 33rd and South Streets remain operational.
    • Emergency ambulance and walk-in arrivals are at the same location within a reconfigured drop-off area.
    • Emergency drop-off access is controlled by Penn police and HUP security.
    • No unauthorized stopping in front of the Emergency Department.
    • The Spruce Street entrance at the White Building can be used for select ambulance discharges and direct admits.

View map of lane and sidewalk closures

Everything else will operate normally, including:

  • HUP Main Entrance Driveway drop-off, pick-up and valet parking
  • Patient shuttle buses at the HUP Main Entrance Driveway
  • Emergency Department arrivals by ambulance and walk-ins

With the assistance of Penn Police and HUP Security, additional personnel will be in place to help keep traffic moving in the area. If you have any questions regarding the Pavilion tunnel construction, please contact Penn police at 215-573-3333 or HUP security at 215-662-2677.

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