Falls Bridge over Schuylkill River


+40.00830, -75.19730
40°00'30" N, 75°11'50" W


Source: National Bridge Inventory. Information not verified; use at your own risk.
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]
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 2017

Good/Fair/Poor Condition:Poor
Status:Posted for load [P]
Average daily traffic:18,650 [as of 2012]
Deck condition:Fair [5 out of 9]
Superstructure condition:Poor [4 out of 9]
Substructure condition:Fair [5 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]
Sufficiency rating:68.0
Recommended work:Bridge deck rehabilitation with only incidental widening. [36]
Estimated cost of work:$1,225,000

Previous Inspections

DateConditionDeckSuperstructureSubstructureADTSuff. Rating
January 2017PoorFairPoorFair1865068.0
January 2015PoorSatisfactorySeriousSatisfactory186505.0
July 2013PoorSatisfactorySeriousSatisfactory1865012.6
January 2012PoorSatisfactoryPoorSatisfactory1865037.3
July 2011PoorSatisfactoryPoorFair1865037.3
July 2009FairSatisfactorySatisfactoryFair1300048.3
July 2007FairSatisfactorySatisfactorySatisfactory1300053.7
July 2005FairSatisfactorySatisfactorySatisfactory1300053.4
July 2003FairSatisfactorySatisfactorySatisfactory1300053.4
July 2001FairSatisfactorySatisfactorySatisfactory1300053.4
July 1999FairSatisfactorySatisfactorySatisfactory1300053.4
July 1997FairSatisfactorySatisfactoryGood1300053.4
July 1995FairSatisfactorySatisfactoryGood1300053.2
July 1993FairSatisfactoryGoodGood1300053.2
July 1991FairFairGoodGood1300042.6