|Official name||Falls Bridge|
|Carries||2 lanes of Calumet Street|
|Locale||Fairmount Park, Philadelphia|
|Design||Steel Pratt truss|
|Total length||556 feet (169 m)|
|Width||25.9 feet (7.9 m)|
|Longest span||191.9 feet (58.5 m)|
|Vertical clearance||17.2 feet (5.2 m)|
|Daily traffic||13,000 (1981)|
The Falls Bridge is a steel Pratt truss bridge that spans the Schuylkill River in Fairmount Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It connects Kelly (formerly East River) Drive at Calumet Street with Martin Luther King, Jr. (formerly West River) Drive at Neill Drive. It replaced a wooden covered bridge at the same site.
The 556-foot-long (169 m) bridge, with stonemasonry abutments and two stonemasonry piers, with three Pratt-type pin-connected trusses, was built in 1894–1895 at a cost of $262,000 by Filbert Porter & Co. under the direction of Chief Engineer George Smedley Webster (1855–1931) of the Philadelphia Department of Public Works and James H. Windrim, director of the Department of Public Works. The bridge was designed as a double-decker bridge, but the upper deck was never built for lack of funds. The bridge carries two lanes of vehicular traffic on a 26-foot-wide (7.9 m) roadway, with 7-foot (2.1 m) sidewalks on either side, for a total width of 40 feet (12 m).
In 2007, blue LED lights were added to highlight the bridge at night.
Note the Reading Railroad Bridge and the Falls (Covered) Bridge in this 1872 map.
- List of bridges documented by the Historic American Engineering Record in Pennsylvania
- List of crossings of the Schuylkill River
- Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) No. PA-35, "Falls Bridge, Spanning Schuylkill River, connecting East & West River Drives, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, PA", 19 photos, 3 color transparencies, 14 data pages, 3 photo caption pages
- Article at "Workshop of the World"
- Article at "The Necessity of Ruins"
- Listing at Philadelphia Architects and Buildings
- Listing at BridgeHunter.com