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Wolf Administration Announces Construction to Begin

Wolf Administration Announces Construction to Begin on Project to Rehabilitate Chestnut Street Bridge over the Schuylkill River

July 7, 2017 – The Wolf Administration announced today that construction is scheduled to begin next week on a major improvement project to rehabilitate the bridge carrying Chestnut Street over the Schuylkill River and adjacent Chestnut Street structures over 30th Street, Amtrak and CSX rail lines, and 24th Street in Philadelphia.
"This project serves as another example of PennDOT’s commitment to bridge preservation in the Philadelphia region and around the state," Governor Tom Wolf said. "The improvements made to these structures will greatly enhance the mobility and safety of all travelers and the neighboring communities they serve.”

Beginning Monday, July 10, through Wednesday, July 12, from 9:00 PM to 5:00 AM, a single lane closure is scheduled on eastbound Interstate 76 at the Interstate 676 Interchange to install protective shielding in advance of the bridge construction.

Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling through this work zone because slowdowns will occur. The contractor's schedule is dependent on the weather.

In addition to repairing and repainting the steel superstructure and replacing the deck of the main bridge carrying Chestnut Street over the Schuylkill River, the scope of work also includes:

  • Rehabilitating two bridges on Schuylkill Avenue West between Market Street and Walnut Street, and two structures on the Interstate 76 on-and-off-ramps between Chestnut Street and Walnut Street;
  • Resurfacing Chestnut Street from 31st Street to 30th Street, and from 24th Street to 23rd Street;
  • Constructing wider sidewalks and installing decorative barrier and railings on the Chestnut Street and Schuylkill Avenue West bridges;
  • Rehabilitating a 900-foot section of the river wall structure between I-76 and the Schuylkill River from Market Street and Walnut Street;
  • Rehabilitating a 15-foot section of the retaining wall supporting the Schuylkill River Trail under Chestnut Street;
  • Installing new traffic signals, Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) equipment, and street lighting along Chestnut Street between 31st Street and 23rd Street;
  • Replacing millennium lighting on Chestnut Street over the Schuylkill River;
  • Constructing a new trellis at the Chestnut Street Trailhead to the Schuylkill River Trail;
  • Restriping pavement markings for a bicycle lane on Chestnut Street between 34th Street and 22nd Street; and
  • Installing a new clear acrylic barrier along Amtrak Northeast Corridor tracks located on the west side of Schuylkill Avenue West between Chestnut Street and Walnut Street.

The entire project is scheduled to finish in fall 2020.

The bridges on Chestnut Street and Schuylkill Avenue West will be under construction concurrently and will remain open for most of the project. There will be various lane and sidewalk restrictions during the three stages of construction that will require shifts in travel lane and sidewalk configurations.

Approximately midway through the project, a detour will be in place for about one year on Chestnut Street from Schuylkill Avenue West to 23rd Street for the rehabilitation of the structurally deficient bridge carrying Chestnut Street over the CSX rail lines.

The Schuylkill River Trail will be closed below Chestnut Street for approximately three months over the winter of 2017-2018 for repairs.

In addition, the on-and-off-ramps at the I-76 Interchange between Chestnut Street and Walnut Street will be restricted to a single lane of traffic during construction. There will also be nighttime and weekend full closures of the ramps during certain construction operations.

The structures on Chestnut Street were constructed between 1864 and 1960 and carry an average of 18,300 vehicles per day. The bridges on Schuylkill Avenue West were built in the late 1950’s and carry an estimated 8,600 vehicles per day.

Buckley & Company Inc., of Philadelphia is the general contractor on the $103,589,847 project, which is financed with 80 percent federal and 20 percent state funds

For more information on projects occurring or being bid this year, those made possible by or accelerated by Act 89, or those on the department’s Four and Twelve Year Plans, visit www.projects.penndot.gov.

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