MLK Jr. Drive over Schuylkill River


+39.96450, -75.18380
39°57'52" N, 75°11'02" W


Source: National Bridge Inventory. Information not verified; use at your own risk.
Name:MLK Jr. Drive over Schuylkill River
Structure number:000000000039256
Old structure number:677301025000120 (from 1992 edition)
Location:Schuylkill River- 3590A06
Purpose:Carries highway and pedestrian walkway over waterway
Route classification:Local (Urban) [19]
Length of largest span:228.0 ft. [69.5 m]
Total length:912.1 ft. [278.0 m]
Roadway width between curbs:36.1 ft. [11.0 m]
Deck width edge-to-edge:45.9 ft. [14.0 m]
Vertical clearance above deck:15.4 ft. [4.7 m]
Skew angle:31°
Owner:City or Municipal Highway Agency [04]
Year built:1966
Historic significance:Bridge is not eligible for the National Register of Historic Places [5]
Design load:MS 18 / HS 20 [5]
Number of main spans:4
Main spans material:Steel continuous [4]
Main spans design:Girder and floorbeam system [03]
Deck type:Concrete Cast-in-Place [1]
Wearing surface:Bituminous [6]

Latest Available Inspection: February 2017

Good/Fair/Poor Condition:Poor
Status:Posted for load [P]
Average daily traffic:25,095 [as of 2012]
Deck condition:Poor [4 out of 9]
Superstructure condition:Fair [5 out of 9]
Substructure condition:Satisfactory [6 out of 9]
Structural appraisal:Somewhat better than minimum adequacy to tolerate being left in place as is [5]
Deck geometry appraisal:Basically intolerable requiring high priority of replacement [2]
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:Countermeasures have been installed to mitigate an existing problem with scour. [7]
Sufficiency rating:47.3
Recommended work:Bridge rehabilitation because of general structure deterioration or inadequate strength. [35]
Estimated cost of work:$1,240,000

Previous Inspections

DateConditionDeckSuperstructureSubstructureADTSuff. Rating
February 2017PoorPoorFairSatisfactory2509547.3
February 2015FairFairFairSatisfactory2509549.8
May 2014FairFairFairSatisfactory2509547.1
May 2012FairFairFairSatisfactory2509549.5
May 2010FairFairSatisfactorySatisfactory1750059.2
May 2008FairFairSatisfactorySatisfactory1750059.2
May 2006FairFairSatisfactorySatisfactory1750059.2
May 2004FairFairSatisfactorySatisfactory1750078.1
May 2002FairFairSatisfactorySatisfactory1750079.1
May 2000FairFairSatisfactorySatisfactory1750081.1
May 1998FairFairSatisfactorySatisfactory1750081.1
May 1996FairFairSatisfactorySatisfactory1750081.1
May 1994FairFairSatisfactorySatisfactory1750047.9
May 1992PoorSatisfactoryPoorGood1750019.2
May 1990PoorSatisfactoryPoorGood1750019.2