Chestnut Street Bridges

Travel Advisory

Construction Update: Spring 2021

Schuylkill Avenue Viaduct, River Bridge Repairs Finish this Spring

Spring 2021 – PennDOT’s contractor expects to wrap up repair and rehabilitation of the Chestnut Street bridge over the Schuylkill River (see below) and two, adjacent viaducts carrying Schuylkill Avenue over Interstate 76 on the west side of the river this spring while continuing the rehabilitation of the two Chestnut Street stone arch bridges on the east side of the river and completing repairs to a retaining wall supporting a section of the Schuylkill River Trail.

Rehabilitating, re-decking, and construction of new sidewalks on the Schuylkill Avenue West viaducts over Interstate 76 on the west side of the river between Market Street and Walnut Street are expected to finish in late spring. 

Rehabilitation of the structural components of the Chestnut Street bridge over the Schuylkill River have been completed and the new concrete deck and sidewalks are in place on the entire bridge. Crews this spring will complete installation of the bridge’s new decorative lighting and parapet rails.

When finished and reopened later this year following completion of repairs to the stone-arch bridge over CSX tracks on the east side of the river, the rehabilitated Chestnut Street bridge over the river will have a new riding surface, new sidewalks, ornamental railings, decorative lighting, and a parking-protected bicycle lane.

Repairs to a retaining wall at river’s edge (see right) 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 continue. The trail is closed at Chestnut Street while the wall is repaired.  A detour is re-routing pedestrian and cycling traffic around the closed section of trail during construction.

Rehabilitation of the viaduct under Chestnut Street that carries traffic between 30th Street and Schuylkill Avenue West is mostly completed. This viaduct carries Chestnut Street vehicular and pedestrian traffic over rail facilities at 30th Street Station. Chestnut Street will be opened to full width once traffic on the bridge over the river is restored this fall.

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 finish in mid-to-late spring.

As rehabilitation of the river bridge nears completion, the contractor continues repairing the stone arch bridge over 24th Street (see left). Repairs to the adjacent arch bridge over the CSX Railroad will extend through late 2021. The main bridge cannot reopen to vehicular traffic until both 150-year-old structures are modified to strengthen their arch supports and reconstruct their masonry components and decks.

Prior to the river bridge reopening in fall 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 or nearby structures. Construction began in August 2017.