If work continues at its current pace, PennDOT believes the new bridge should be open in December 2010. “As far as I know, the bridge is going along according to schedule and is expected to be completed on time and on budget,” said architect James Campbell of the South Street Bridge Coalition, “We will have a very walkable, bikeable, drivable, and completely useable bridge in the near future that will give everyone access to two great neighborhoods as well as to Schuylkill Banks.”
The new bridge and viaducts – elevated roadways – will span about 2,000 feet. It will include new pedestrian entrances to the University City Regional Rail Station and University of Pennsylvania’s Hollenback Hall. The project is the largest the city’s streets department has handled since it was created in the early 1950s, department chief engineer and surveyor David J. Perri said.