January 13, 2022 – Reconstruction of the Chestnut Street Bridge over the Schuylkill River is substantially completed, with the street set to reopen between Schuylkill Avenue and 23rd Street to vehicles, pedestrians, and bicyclists in mid-spring following completion of work on the adjacent arch bridges over 23rd and 24th streets.
Construction crews will work as weather conditions permit this winter to complete the rehabilitation and structural repairs on the two stone arch bridges over the CSX rail line and over 24th Street (see right). Work on the south side facia of the 24th Street arch bridge may continue while Chestnut Street is open for traffic. Work on this bridge is expected to be completed in mid-2022. 24th Street will remain closed to through traffic until the entire project is completed.
Prior to reopening Chestnut Street and the bridge over the river this spring, the temporary ramp giving residents access to the parking lot for the 2400 Chestnut apartments and offices will be removed and Chestnut Street will be repaved from 23rd Street to the bridge.
In late 2021, the contractor has finished rehabilitation of the Chestnut Street river bridge’s structural components, placed a new concrete deck and sidewalks, installed the new parapet rails, and new decorative lighting. A protected bicycle lane on the north side of the river bridge will be installed in advance of the bridge reopening.
Repairs also have been completed on two, adjacent viaducts carrying Schuylkill Avenue over Interstate 76, on a subsurface viaduct carrying Chestnut Street over 30th Street rail facilities, and on-ramps to and from I-76 at Walnut Street. 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 also have been completed (see left), along with repairs to a retaining wall (bulkhead) on a short section of the Schuylkill River Trail on the east side of the river.
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.