Fall 2020 Construction Update

Fall 2020 Construction Update

Eastbound Construction to Finish this Fall

Fall 2020 – With the structural repairs complete and the new concrete deck installed eastbound side of the Grays Ferry Avenue Bridge over the Schuylkill River in Southwest Philadelphia, PennDOT’s contractor this fall will install the Latex Modified Concrete (LMC) deck, and finish constructing a new retaining wall and reconstruct the approach on the bridge’s eastbound side.

Due to delays caused by COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the addition of a curb-protected westbound bicycle lane, the completion date of the project has been pushed back from this fall to spring 2021. Next spring, the contractor will mill and pave the westbound approach, install new traffic signals on Grays Ferry Avenue at the bridge, and complete installation of protected bicycle lanes on both the eastbound and westbound sides.

Eastbound paving is almost complete.

PennDOT anticipates that a modular curb system with flexible delineator posts will be installed by the end of April 2021 on the westbound side of the Grays Ferry Avenue Bridge over the Schuylkill River. This safety enhancement, which will complement the protected pedestrian/bicycling lane that will be installed later this summer on the eastbound side of the bridge, will make the boundary between the westbound bike lane and the adjacent vehicular traffic lane more visible to both drivers and bicyclists. Once the project is complete, the protected lane will connect directly with access to the Schuylkill River Trail that runs under the bridge.

An example of a modular curb system with flexible delineators.

Over the past two construction seasons, PennDOT’s contractor has replaced the bridge’s expansion dams, which allow normal expansion and contraction of the bridge deck’s concrete slabs due to seasonal changes in temperature, repaired the bridge’s drainage system, and refurbished the bridge’s steel structural components.

In addition to bridge deck and superstructure repairs, crews also have repaired the concrete abutments and support columns underneath the bridge.

Crews refurbish the underside of the bridge.

Completion of “punch list” construction items will wrap-up the $13.3 million rehabilitation in late 2020.