A stretch of North Broad Street in Center City that has been closed since last Friday because of a demolition project related to the expansion of the Convention Center reopened today, two days ahead of schedule and in time for the evening rush.

"We wanted to open the street as soon as possible," said Joseph Resta, project manager for the Convention Center expansion. "Demolition has progressed enough that we could reopen the street early."

The entire demolition project was more than 90 percent complete, he added.

Broad from Race Street to JFK Boulevard was closed to allow mechanical demolition of the Odd Fellows Temple at 121 N. Broad, which was built in 1893. It was to remain closed until Saturday morning. But by 4 p.m. today the entire road was open.