Falls Bridge over Schuylkill River


+40.00774, -75.19781
40°00'28" N, 75°11'52" W
Source: National Bridge Inventory
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Name:Falls Bridge over Schuylkill River
Structure number:000000000039140
Old structure number:677301004000040 (from 1992 edition)
Location:Falls Bridge 3479-J9
Purpose:Carries highway and pedestrian walkway over waterway
Route classification:Minor Arterial (Urban) [16]
Length of largest span:191.9 ft. [58.5 m]
Total length:566.0 ft. [172.5 m]
Roadway width between curbs:25.9 ft. [7.9 m]
Deck width edge-to-edge:41.0 ft. [12.5 m]
Vertical clearance above deck:17.4 ft. [5.3 m]
Owner:City or Municipal Highway Agency [04]
Year built:1895
Year reconstructed:1986
Historic significance:Bridge is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places [2]
Design load:MS 22.5 / HS 25 [9]
Number of main spans:3
Main spans material:Steel [3]
Main spans design:Truss - Thru [10]
Deck type:Concrete Cast-in-Place [1]
Wearing surface:Bituminous [6]

Latest Available Inspection: January 2015

Good/Fair/Poor Condition:Poor
Status:Posted for load [P]
Average daily traffic:18,650 [as of 2012]
Deck condition:Satisfactory [6 out of 9]
Superstructure condition:Serious [3 out of 9]
Substructure condition:Satisfactory [6 out of 9]
Structural appraisal:Basically intolerable requiring high priority of corrrective action [3]
Deck geometry appraisal:Basically intolerable requiring high priority of corrrective action [3]
Water adequacy appraisal:Superior to present desirable criteria [9]
Roadway alignment appraisal:Meets minimum tolerable limits to be left in place as is [4]
Channel protection:Bank is beginning to slump. River control devices and embankment protection have widespread minor damage. There is minor stream bed movement evident. Debris is restricting the channel slightly. [6]
Scour condition:Bridge foundations determined to be stable for the assessed or calculated scour condition. [8]
Operating rating:18.5 tons [16.8 metric tons]
Inventory rating:14.6 tons [13.3 metric tons]
Sufficiency rating:5.0
Recommended work:Bridge deck rehabilitation with only incidental widening. [36]
Estimated cost of work:$1,000

Previous Inspections

DateSuff. RatingConditionDeckSuperstructureSubstructureSD/FOADT
January 20155.0PoorSatisfactorySeriousSatisfactorySD18650
July 201312.6PoorSatisfactorySeriousSatisfactorySD18650
January 201237.3PoorSatisfactoryPoorSatisfactorySD18650
July 201137.3PoorSatisfactoryPoorFairSD18650
July 200948.3FairSatisfactorySatisfactoryFairFO13000
July 200753.7FairSatisfactorySatisfactorySatisfactoryFO13000
July 200553.4FairSatisfactorySatisfactorySatisfactoryFO13000
July 200353.4FairSatisfactorySatisfactorySatisfactoryFO13000
July 200153.4FairSatisfactorySatisfactorySatisfactoryFO13000
July 199953.4FairSatisfactorySatisfactorySatisfactoryFO13000
July 199753.4FairSatisfactorySatisfactoryGoodFO13000
July 199553.2FairSatisfactorySatisfactoryGoodFO13000
July 199353.2FairSatisfactoryGoodGood-13000
July 199142.6FairFairGoodGood-13000