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Wolf Administration Announces Start of Construction to Rehabilitate Grays Ferry Avenue Bridge in Philadelphia


King of Prussia, PA – The Wolf Administration announced today that construction will begin on Monday, December 3, on a project to rehabilitate the bridge carrying Grays Ferry Avenue over the Schuylkill River, Amtrak/SEPTA and CSX railway tracks in Philadelphia. 

"This project serves as another example of PennDOT’s commitment to rehabilitating poor condition bridges," Governor Tom Wolf said. "The enhancements will not only benefit the thousands of drivers who cross this structure every day, it will improve the mobility and safety of pedestrians and bicyclists who use the scenic trails on either side of the Schuylkill River.”

Under this project, PennDOT will rehabilitate the existing superstructure which includes repairing the structural steel, concrete substructure, bearings and steel box girder pier caps; replacing expansion joints; resurfacing the bridge deck with a new latex modified concrete overlay; and milling and paving the approaches on Grays Ferry Avenue from 48th Street to 35th Street.

This project also includes incorporating a 10-foot wide, barrier‐separated multi‐use trail on the eastbound side of the bridge; realigning the approach roadways on both sides of the bridge to accommodate the trail; upgrading pedestrian facilities at the intersections of Grays Ferry Avenue and Paschall Avenue and Fed Ex driveway; and installing new Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) equipment, signing, pavement markings and lighting throughout the project limits.

PennDOT worked closely with the City of Philadelphia throughout the design process to ensure consistency and compatibility with existing city traffic and lighting features. 

The first stage of construction will begin in late December when westbound Grays Ferry Avenue will be closed between Grove Street and Paschall Avenue through 2019.  During this operation, traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction and be carried on the eastbound side of Grays Ferry Avenue. 

Prior to the first stage of construction, left lane closures are scheduled in both directions on Grays Ferry Avenue between Grove Street and Paschall Avenue on Monday, December 3, through Friday, December 21, for temporary paving and other construction activities.

Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling through the work area because backups and delays will occur. 

The second stage of construction will begin late next year and will reverse the pattern and close the eastbound side of Grays Ferry Avenue while two lanes of traffic are carried on the westbound side.

Buckley & Company Inc., of Philadelphia is the general contractor on the $13,332,482 project which is financed with 100 percent state funds. The entire project is expected to be completed in late 2020.

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