Drivers Rejoice: Falls Bridge Reopens Over Schuylkill River

A well-traveled bridge connecting both sides of the Schuylkill River reopened Thursday -- one week ahead of schedule.

The Falls Bridge over the Schuylkill River, which connects Dr. Martin Luther King Drive to Kelly Drive in East Falls, reopened to vehicular traffic for ahead of the Thursday evening rush. The Philadelphia streets Department announced Thursday that the bridge wouldn't open until Friday, but traffic could be seen traveling across the bridge Thursday as early as 3 p.m.

The project, which involved the rehabilitation and strengthening of the bridge’s steel floor beams and stringers, was scheduled to be completed by April 1. Buckley & Company, Inc. and Cornell & Company completed the work ahead of time.

The bridge remained accessible to walkers, runners and bikers during the project.

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