Construction Update: Summer 2019
Deck, Structural Repairs Continue on Westbound Side of the Bridge
Summer 2019 — Construction crews continue making repairs to the westbound deck and to the structural components of the Grays Ferry Avenue Bridge over the Schuylkill River in Southwest Philadelphia.
Expansion dams that control movement of the individual concrete deck slabs on the westbound side are being repaired or replaced. The dams allow the bridge deck’s individual concrete slabs to expand and contract — a normal occurrence — due to seasonal changes in temperature.
The overlay on the westbound deck has been removed, allowing crews to identify and fix a number of deteriorated areas.
In addition to bridge deck repairs, crews are also repairing deteriorated “beam seats” — where the steel girders rest atop support piers — on the underside of the bridge.
The bridge’s drainage system also is being replaced.
The westbound concrete deck will be repaved at the end of the current stage, which is expected to take most of the 2019 construction season to complete.
The westbound side of the bridge is currently closed, and traffic is reduced to one lane in each direction on the eastbound side of the span.
A barrier-protected multi-use path is open on the eastbound side of the bridge.
At the completion of Stage 1 repairs, traffic will be moved to the westbound side and similar repairs will take place on the eastbound lanes.