Construction Update: Summer 2021

Construction Update: Summer 2021

Bridge Rehab Substantially Completed

Summer 2021 — With final paving and traffic signal upgrades completed this spring between 34th Street and 47th Street, PennDOT will wrap up work on a $13.3 million project to rehabilitate the Grays Ferry Avenue Bridge over the Schuylkill River in Southwest Philadelphia with completion of post-construction “punch list” items this summer.

Over two-plus years of construction, PennDOT’s contractor has replaced the bridge’s expansion dams; repaired the bridge’s drainage system; refurbished the bridge’s steel structural components; repaired the underside support piers and abutments; repaired and resurfaced the bridge’s deck; and re-surfaced and improved the adjoining sections of Grays Ferry Avenue on both sides of the bridge.

In addition to bridge deck and superstructure repairs, PennDOT has installed a barrier-protected pedestrian/bicycling lane on the eastbound side, and a modular curb system with flexible delineators separating westbound traffic from the painted westbound bicycle lane. The eastbound pedestrian/bicycle lane was tied into the access path to the Schuylkill River Trail beneath the bridge.

Lastly, all existing streetlights in the corridor were replaced, and traffic signals at nearby intersections upgraded, both to meet modern standards.

Work on the project started in late 2018. Buckley Construction of Philadelphia is the general contractor.