South Street Bridge (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

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South Street Bridge
Philadelphia South Street Bridge.jpg
South Street Bridge with Cira Centre South (in the background) in Philadelphia
Coordinates39°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)
CarriesSouth Street
CrossesSchuylkill River
LocalePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Official nameSouth Street Bridge
OwnerCity of Philadelphia
Maintained byDriscoll Construction Company, Inc., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Preceded by1920 span
MaterialSteel, concrete
Total length753 ft (230 m)[1]
Width82.7 ft (25.2 m)[1]
Longest span144 ft (44 m)[1]
No. of spans7[1]
Clearance below13.1 ft (4.0 m)[1]
DesignerH2L2 Architects/Planners, LLC
Constructed byDriscoll Construction Company, Inc., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Construction end2010[1]

South Street Bridge is a bridge that was reconstructed in 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


The original South Street Bridge was a crumbling bridge dating back to 1920. From 2003 to until its closure in 2009, pieces of the eroding bridge concrete would fall into the Schuylkill River and onto the Schuylkill Expressway. The original bridge was completely torn down and replaced by November 6, 2010.[2]

Architectural features[edit]

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." [3] The lights stopped working in 2017, and haven't been up since then.[4] Stimulus funding also subsidized connections from the new bridge to a "boardwalk" on the Schuylkill River Trail, which passes under the bridge.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "South Street over I-76, Schuylkill R & CSX, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania". Source: National Bridge Inventory. Retrieved January 20, 2020.
  2. ^ "After Two Years, South Street Bridge Re-Opens To Traffic". CBS Philly. 7 November 2010.
  3. ^ "South Street Bridge".
  4. ^ Madej, Patricia. "What happened to the lights on the South Street Bridge?". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 6 September 2020.
  5. ^ "Boardwalk and South Street Ramp".