Chestnut Street Bulkhead


The bulkhead under the Chestnut Street Bridge is compromised, leaving a 5 x 10 foot area of the trail just south of the bridge unsafe for use. This area is currently underconstruction.

PennDOT has agreed to make needed bulkhead repairs as part of their Chestnut Street Bridge project. Bridge work began in 2017 and the bulkhead repair will likely happen over the 2019/2020 winter. Completing this work as part of the bridge project will dramatically reduce mobilization costs associated with the project, which would otherwise be significantly more expensive than the projected $900,000. We appreciate PennDOT's cooperation in including this work in their project.

PROJET UPDATE - December 17, 2018

PennDOT contractors completed some masonry repairs and repointing of the piers and abutment (the structural support of the bridge) over summer 2018. Work is currently underway rehabilitating the 24th Street arch. This bridge reconstruction project includes new fascia lighting of the structure, a new trail pergola entrance at Chestnut Street and a new plaza on Schuylkill Avenue. 

The existing sink hole on the trail (located just south of the Chestnut Street Bridge in the south-bound lane) will be temporarily covered with a steel plate and asphalt during the initial phase. PennDOT has incorporated the permanent repair of this area into their contract and work is expected to take place in winter 2019/2020. There will be a short period of a month or two when a complete closure of the trail will be needed. A detour for trail users through the street network will be posted. This closure is unavoidable, but is being scheduled in the winter when trail traffic is lower.

We ask all trail users to exercise caution while negotiating this area. And we appreciate PennDOT’s support of our efforts here.

Learn more about the Chestnut Street Bridge project here.