Chestnut Street Bridge to finally re-open over Schuylkill River by Center City

Crews had been rehabilitating the bridge linking to University City since August 2019
The Chestnut Street Bridge.
The Chestnut Street Bridge. Photo credit PennDOT

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Drivers traveling from University City to Center City will finally have the option of taking the Chestnut Street Bridge over the Schuylkill River starting this weekend.

After more than two years of construction and repair work, PennDOT said drivers, bike riders, and pedestrians will be able to take Chestnut Street eastbound over the river on Saturday evening.

Crews repairing the superstructure of the Chestnut Street Bridge.
Crews repairing the superstructure of the Chestnut Street Bridge. Photo credit PennDOT.

Drivers have been unable to use the bridge since August 2019. Since that time, crews repaired the steel superstructure of the bridge, put on the concrete deck, created larger sidewalks, and added a parking-protected bicycle lane from 22nd Street to 34th Street, according to PennDOT.

They also said crews repaired the stone arch bridges for Chestnut Street over a railroad on the Schuylkill River’s east side. 24th Street will stay closed until stone facade rehabilitation is completed.

Crews also completed a large number of other repairs, from viaducts over the Schuylkill Expressway to on and off-ramp structures to the freeway, retaining walls near the Schuylkill River and barriers involving Amtrak tracks.

The Chestnut Street structures were first built between 1864 and 1960, according to PennDOT. This series of repairs around the area of the bridge began in 2017. The total cost of all the repairs on and around the bridge is more than $105 million, with about 80% federally funded according to PennDOT.

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