July 1, 2021 – The section of the Schuylkill River Trail under the Chestnut Street Bridge in Center City Philadelphia reopened on Thursday, July 1, following the completion of work that closed the trail in mid-February for repairs to the retaining wall that supports the trail along the east bank of the river, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today.
PennDOT completed the repairs in partnership with the City of Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Department — which owns the Trail and its non-profit partner the Schuylkill River Development Corporation — as part of its project to rehabilitate the Chestnut Street Bridge and eight other nearby structures.
PennDOT’s contractor removed sub-surface obstructions that were discovered at the start of the operation, repaired the section of the wall that passes beneath the bridge, and repaved the section of the wall under the bridge, and regraded the landscaping at the repair location prior to re-opening the closed section.
In addition, Chestnut Street has been restored to three lanes between 33rd Street and Schuylkill Avenue, and two-way traffic restored on Schuylkill Avenue between Market Street and Walnut Street in the vicinity of 30th Street Station Thursday morning, July 1. Lane restrictions have been in place on both roadways since the start of construction in fall 2017.