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 

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]
Evaluation:Structurally deficient [1]
Sufficiency rating:5.0
Recommended work:Bridge deck rehabilitation with only incidental widening. [36]
Estimated cost of work:$1,000

Previous Inspections 

DateSuff. ratingEvaluationDeckSuper.Sub.ADT
January 20155.0Structurally deficientSatisfactorySeriousSatisfactory18650
July 201312.6Structurally deficientSatisfactorySeriousSatisfactory18650
January 201237.3Structurally deficientSatisfactoryPoorSatisfactory18650
July 201137.3Structurally deficientSatisfactoryPoorFair18650
July 200948.3Functionally obsoleteSatisfactorySatisfactoryFair13000
July 200753.7Functionally obsoleteSatisfactorySatisfactorySatisfactory13000
July 200553.4Functionally obsoleteSatisfactorySatisfactorySatisfactory13000
July 200353.4Functionally obsoleteSatisfactorySatisfactorySatisfactory13000
July 200153.4Functionally obsoleteSatisfactorySatisfactorySatisfactory13000
July 199953.4Functionally obsoleteSatisfactorySatisfactorySatisfactory13000
July 199753.4Functionally obsoleteSatisfactorySatisfactoryGood13000
July 199553.2Functionally obsoleteSatisfactorySatisfactoryGood13000
July 199353.2Not deficientSatisfactoryGoodGood13000
July 199142.6Not deficientFairGoodGood13000