Overview

Project Overview

Project Summary: Rehabilitation of the Grays Ferry Avenue Bridge

Project Location: Philadelphia, PA

Construction Contract Amount: $13,332,482.60

Contractor: Buckley & Company, Inc., Philadelphia, PA

Construction Start: Late 2018

Construction Completion: Late 2020

Design Engineering: Modjeski and Masters, Inc., Philadelphia

Construction Management: TRC Solutions, Lancaster, PA

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is investing $13.3 million to repair and rehabilitate the deteriorated superstructure of the Grays Ferry Avenue bridge over the Schuylkill River, AMTRAK and CSX rail lines. The bridge is situated between 34th Street and Woodland Avenue in Philadelphia.

In addition to connecting the neighborhoods of Southwest (Grays Ferry) and West (Kingsessing/Squirrel Hill) Philadelphia, the bridge serves as a primary commuter route to and from the city’s major employment centers in University City.

Grays Ferry Ave bridge looking east
Grays Ferry Avenue Bridge looking east.

Over three years of construction that began in late 2018, PennDOT will rehabilitate the existing 12-span steel multi-girder bridge by repairing deteriorated structural components, replacing the bridge’s drainage system, repairing and repaving the concrete deck, and completing a number of improvements on Grays Ferry Avenue on both sides of the bridge.

Existing bridge layout rendering
A rendering of the existing layout of the Grays Ferry Avenue Bridge.

Pedestrian and Cyclist Friendly Enhancements

Reflecting PennDOT’s and the City of Philadelphia’s commitment to pedestrians, cyclists and quality-of-life enhancements during upgrades of the region’s transportation infrastructure, PennDOT is including several people-friendly improvements to the Grays Ferry Avenue Bridge.

Final bridge layout rendering
A rendering of the final layout of the Grays Ferry Avenue Bridge.

On the eastbound side of the bridge, PennDOT is installing a 10′-wide, barrier-separated direct pedestrian/bicycle connection to the Schuylkill River Trail. The pedestrian/bicycle lane will link directly to the existing trailhead path on the south side of the bridge that leads to Grays Ferry Crescent that courses along the river beneath the bridge. The Crescent is part of the Bartram’s Mile section of the Trail that opened in 2018.

Follow the link below for more information on the Schuylkill River Trail.

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Grays Ferry Crescent under the bridge
The Schuylkill River Trail's Grays Ferry Crescent under the bridge.

In addition to providing a protected connection to the Trail, the Grays Ferry Avenue Bridge project will landscape, installing a sprinkler system to maintain the greenery along the lighted trailhead access path.   

Follow the link below for more information on the Bartram’s Mile section of the Schuylkill River Trail.

Bartram’s Mile Now Open in Southwest Philadelphia

PennDOT also is installing a protected sidewalk and a dedicated bicycle lane on the westbound side of the bridge.

Existing pedestrian/cycling lane
A new pedestrian/cycling lane on the east side of the bridge will connect with the trailhead access path to the Schuylkill River Trail on the same side of the bridge.