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Construction Update: Fall 2020

Schuylkill Avenue Viaduct Repairs Nearing Completion, Rehab Continues on South Side of Chestnut Street Bridge

Fall 2020 – PennDOT's contractor continues repairs to structures on the west side of the river while rehabilitation of the Chestnut Street stone arch bridge over the CSX Railroad on the east side of the river has been delayed by unforeseen scheduling conflicts. The reopening of the bridge over the Schuylkill River is currently scheduled for fall 2021.

Crews continue rehabilitating and re-decking the Schuylkill Avenue West viaducts over Interstate 76 between Market Street and Walnut Street on the west side of the river. Most of the repairs to the structures are expected to be completed late this year, though final painting of the viaducts' structural steel components may extend to next spring and the arrival of warmer weather.

Rehabilitation of the viaduct under Chestnut Street that carries traffic between 30th Street and Schuylkill Avenue West is scheduled to finish this year. This viaduct carries Chestnut Street vehicular and pedestrian traffic over the 30th Street Station.

Repairs to strengthen the "river wall" that helps support I-76 where it abuts the west side of the Schuylkill River beneath Schuylkill Avenue from Walnut Street to Chestnut Street will wrap-up late in 2020 as well.

Rehabilitation and re-decking of the eastbound side of the Chestnut Street Bridge over the Schuylkill River will continue through this fall. Steelworkers are refurbishing the bridge's structural components in advance of placement of the new concrete deck on that half of the bridge by the end of 2020.

When finished and reopened, the rehabilitated Chestnut Street Bridge over the river will have a new riding surface, new sidewalks, ornamental railings, a trellis entrance structure, decorative lighting, and a parking-protected bicycle lane.

As the large river bridge is rehabilitated, the contractor continues repairing the stone arch bridge over 24th Street. Repairs to the adjacent bridge over the CSX Railroad will extend through mid-to-late 2021. The main bridge cannot reopen to vehicular traffic until both 150-year-old arch bridges are modified to strengthen their arch supports and reconstruct their masonry components and decks.

Repairs to a retaining wall at the river's edge on the east side of the river under the Chestnut Street Bridge that require closing a section of the Schuylkill River Trail at Chestnut Street are expected to be done late this year or in early 2021. The trail will be closed for 90 days while the wall is repaired. A detour will route pedestrian and cycling traffic around the closed section of trail during construction.

Prior to the river bridge reopening in 2021, Chestnut Street will be milled and repaved between 22nd Street and 31st Street.

The work is part of PennDOT's $103.6 million project to rehabilitate the Chestnut Street Bridge over the Schuylkill River and seven adjacent nearby structures. Construction began in August 2017.