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Bridges

The Bridge Section is responsible for bridge, roadway, and retaining wall design. While the unit is an integral part of the Streets Department, it functions as a distinct entity that provides in-house:

  • Structure design
  • Structure ratings
  • Shop drawing review
  • Construction inspection services
  • Construction management
  • Project surveying
  • Boring inspection services
  • City bridge list database management
  • Coordination with geographic information systems unit
  • Structural and technical consulting to other city departments
  • Aesthetic and historical consulting with community groups

Hauling Permits

The Bridge Section is also responsible for issuing hauling permits for oversized and overweight vehicular transports. Through an online system clients may apply to obtain a City of Philadelphia Special Hauling Permit allowing one individual vehicle a single one-way move. Close to 10,000 permits are approved annually and reviews typically take three (3) business days to complete.

Special Hauling Permit Application
General Information Regarding Permits
Bulletin Board Important Notifications
Sample Permit Application (correctly completed)
SEPTA Permit Application
Parks and Recreation Permit Application

To acquire a copy of the 2000 Bridge List, call 215-686-5546 for details or questions.

Current Projects

Design

  • Westmoreland Street over Conrail Pedestrian Bridge Removal
  • Margaret and Lefevre Streets over Former Frankford Creek Bridge Removal
  • Montgomery Avenue over Amtrak Bridge Replacement
  • Tabor Road over Tacony Creek Bridge Rehabilitation
  • 59th Street over Amtrak Bridge Rehabilitation
  • Martin Luther King Drive over Schuylkill River Bridge Rehabilitation
  • Falls Bridge over Schuylkill River Bridge Rehabilitation
  • 15th Street over Callowhill Cut Bridge Rehabilitation
  • 30th Street Viaduct Rehabilitation

Construction

  • Sedgley Avenue over Conrail Bridge Rehabilitation
  • Woodland Avenue over SEPTA Bridge Replacement
  • Lower & Upper Krams Avenue Stairway Rehabilitation

History

The City of Philadelphia's Bridge Section is over 100 years old and is one of five municipal governmental bridge design offices nationwide. The Bridge Section's inventory consists of over 320 structures, including pedestrian bridges, culverts, and stairways, which have won over 35 local and national awards for exceptional engineering. The unit's design group currently supports two to three bridge projects at a time and has proudly employed Drexel University co-op interns for over 40 years.

Bridges and Awards

Willow Grove Avenue Bridge over Amtrak

  • Diamond Honor Award - American Council of Engineering Companies of Pennsylvania - 2017
  • Conservancy Preservation Recognition Award - Chestnut Hill Historical Society - 2017 
  • Honorable Mention in Civil Engineering - PA Society of Professional Engineers - 2016

Willow Grove Avenue Bridge over Amtrak


41st Street Bridge over Amtrak

 41st Street Bridge over Amtrak


40th Street Bridge over Amtrak

40th Street Bridge over Amtrak


Walnut Street Bridge Gateway over the Schuylkill River

Walnut Street Bridge Gateway over the Schuylkill River


South Street Bridge over the Schuylkill River

  • Number 1 Bridge of 2011 - Roads and Bridges Magazine - 2011 (N)
  • Outstanding Engineering Achievement of the Year - PSPE - 2011
  • Diamond Award - ACEC-PA - 2011
  • Regional Transportation Project of the Year - DVRPC - 2011

Project Case study

South Street Bridge over the Schuylkill River


Schuylkill River Park Connector Bridge

  • Best Small Project - Engineering News Record - 2013
  • Project Recognition Award - CMAA - 2013 (N)
  • Project of the Year Under $10 Million - ASHE - 2012 (N)

Schuylkill River Park Connector Bridge


42nd Street Bridge over Amtrak

42nd Street Bridge over Amtrak


Germantown Avenue Bridge over the Wissahickon Creek

  • Prize Bridge Award - AISC and NSBA - 2005 (N)
  • Transportation Achievement Award for Facilities - TEI - 2004 (N)
  • Excellence in Highway Design (Honorable Mention) - FHWA - 2004 (N)
  • Public Works Project of the Year - APWA - 2003 (N)
  • Project of the Year - ASHE – 2003
  • Public Works Project of the Year - APWA Delaware Valley Chapter – 2003
  • Notable Engineering Achievement - PA Society of Professional Engineers – 2003


Germantown Avenue Bridge over the Wissahickon Creek


Strawberry Mansion Bridge over the Schuylkill River

  • Excellence in Highway Design, Merit Award - Federal Highway Administration - 2002 (N)
  • Prize Bridge - Reconstructed, Merit Award - National Steel Bridge Alliance - 2002 (N)
  • PA Partnership for Highway Quality Awards (Structures over 150) - PennDOT – 2002
  • Diamond Award - Council of Engineering Companies – 2002
  • Notable Engineering Achievement - PA Society of Professional Engineers – 2002
  • Good Wood Award - Certified Forest Products Council - 2002 (N)
  • Preservation Achievement Award - Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia – 2002
  • Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Award - PA Historical & Museum Commission – 2002
  • Edwin F. Guth Award of Merit - Illuminating Engineering Society of North America - 2002 (N)




Strawberry Mansion Bridge over the Schuylkill River


Gowen Avenue Bridge over SEPTA

  • Design Award for Excellence - Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute - 2002 (N)


Gowen Avenue Bridge over SEPTA


Girard Avenue Bridge over the Schuylkill River

  • Prize Bridge, Merit Award - American Institute of Steel Construction -1970 (N)
  • Welding Award - James F. Lincoln Arc Welding Award - 1968 (N)


Girard Avenue Bridge over the Schuylkill River


Spring Garden Street Bridge over West River Drive and the Schuylkill River

  • Prize Bridge, Merit Award - American Institute of Steel Construction - 1966 (N)
  • Welding Award - James F. Lincoln Arc Welding Award 1966 - (N)


Spring Garden Street Bridge over West River Drive and the Schuylkill River