PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Chestnut Street Bridge over the Schuylkill River reopened to vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians this past weekend. For the last two and half years, the bridge had been closed to allow for significant rehabilitation work to improve safety and enhance aesthetics.
“We’ve encountered both expected and unexpected challenges since we started in 2017, from COVID complications to coordinating work schedules with two active railroads, to changing site conditions of adjacent private developments occurring during construction,” said Structural Group Manager Joe Sirignano. “But our team was able to successfully address any concerns and rehabilitate eight bridges that will better serve the roadway network to connect University City to Center City.”
As a part of PennDOT’s $105.1 million project, Benesch lead the design services for the newly reopened bridge as well as rehabilitation of seven nearby structures on both sides of the Schuylkill River. In addition to steel superstructure repairs and a new concrete deck, the rehabilitation called for the widening of sidewalks and the creation of a dedicated, parking-protected bicycle lane. The bridge’s decorative lighting, railings and parapets were also replaced.
Minor construction will continue through the spring with the project set to be complete in June 2022. Learn more about Benesch’s work on the project here.