South Street Bridge

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South Street Bridge
Coordinates 39°56′30″N 75°11′52″W / 39.94167°N 75.19778°W / 39.94167; -75.19778 (South Street Bridge)Coordinates: 39°56′30″N 75°11′52″W / 39.94167°N 75.19778°W / 39.94167; -75.19778 (South Street Bridge)
Carries South Street
Crosses Schuylkill River
Locale Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Official name South Street Bridge
Owner City of Philadelphia
Maintained by Driscoll Construction Company, Inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Material steel, concrete
Height 1,096 feet (334 m)
Designer H2L2 Architects/Planners, LLC
Constructed by Driscoll Construction Company, Inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Construction begin 1920

The South Street Bridge is a bridge that was reconstructed and reopened on July 9, 2012.[1] Expansion plans of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia could impact the bridge's bicycle traffic, which according to their research is the bridge with the most bicycle traffic in the state of Pennsylvania.[2]


The original South Street Bridge was a crumbling bridge dating back to 1920 that from 2003 to 2006 until its closure in 2009, pieces of concrete would fall into the Schuylkill River and onto the Schuylkill Expressway. The original bridge was completely torn down and replaced by 2012.[3] The bridge reopened to pedestrian and bicycle traffic by 2010 and by 2012 was reopened to all traffic.[4]

Architectural features[edit]

The South Street Bridge is notable landmark in Philadelphia as drivers along the Schuylkill Expressway can see images on its "glowing mesh". Bruce Chamberlain said that the mesh "... gave the bridge a soft glow at night, while maintaining the openness desired by the design team and community." [5] Stimulus funding is also going to attach a "boardwalk" to this bridge from Locust Street.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "South Street Bridge Reconstruction Project". 
  2. ^ "CHOP plans could impact South Street Bridge bike lanes". 
  3. ^ "South Street Bridge". 
  4. ^ "South Street Bridge to reopen Nov. 6". 
  5. ^ "South Street Bridge". 
  6. ^ "Boardwalk and South Street Ramp".