PennDOT will soon be performing much needed repairs to the Chestnut Street Bridge. As part of this work, the contractor needs to make some masonry repair and repointing of the piers and abutment - the structural support of the bridge. To do this, the current north-bound trail traffic will be combined with the south-bound trail traffic (see drawing below). The abutment repairs are expected to take place in the next two to three weeks, during which time PennDOT will do their best to keep the trail open as much as possible. The 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 (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 this winter. 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 over the coming months, and we appreciate PennDOT's support of our efforts here.