Chestnut Street Bridges Named ASHE Delaware Valley Project of the Year

Awards, Projects | April 26, 2023


A photo of the Chestnut Street bridges from above

PHILADELPHIA, PA – By addressing the structurally deficient bridges on Chestnut Street and Schuylkill Avenue, the Chestnut Street Bridges project has earned the Project of the Year award from the American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE) Delaware Valley Organization. Benesch led the design services for the Chestnut Street Bridge as well as the rehabilitation of seven nearby structures.

Chestnut Street serves as a vital river crossing from West Philadelphia into City Center, making the rehabilitation project a priority for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. With the area having recently undergone a significant urban renaissance, rehabilitation sought to maintain and enhance safe and efficient transportation facilities for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists while serving the existing and future needs of Center City Philadelphia.

Structural improvements include plate repairs and replacement of steel members, painting steel superstructures, new railroad protective fence and restoration of ornate metal railings, masonry cleaning and repointing and internal strengthening of an arch structure over the CSX tracks. The bridge opened to traffic in March 2022.

A photo of the Chestnut Street bridges during construction from above
A photo of the Chestnut Street bridges during construction from the ground
A photo of completed Chestnut Street bridge
A photo of the winning team from Chestnut Street Bridge project
The project was honored at an award ceremony on April 19. Benesch’s Jessica Rehrig, Joe Sirignano and John Eagan joined members of the project team to accept the award and celebrate the project.