South Street Bridge


Experts assure us that the South Street Bridge won’t actually fall down, as the girders are in good shape. It’s just the paving and other stuff on top of the girders that has problems…The bridge is scheduled to be overhauled someday.
This is looking through the railings towards the east bank of the Schuylkill.

3 Comments so far

  1. Wendy (unregistered) on October 9th, 2007 @ 12:18 pm

    That is a really wonderful photo!! I love the abstraction the bridge creates and how the building looks to be a cap on the bridge. It has so many layers and levels of interest! This might be one of my favorite pictures I’ve seen of Philly!

  2. Phillybits (unregistered) on October 10th, 2007 @ 5:55 pm

    Hmm. I was just on the bridge today and it looks like the shot you took was just inches from the shot I took of some graffiti.

    Would the assumption that the S. St. Bridge was once a working drawbridge be correct? It clearly looks like those girders are meant to rotate.

  3. ruth (unregistered) on October 11th, 2007 @ 8:46 pm

    Wendy, glad you liked the photo. It’s one of my favorites too.

    Philabits, yes, it was built as a drawbridge.
    “The 83-year-old span, an old drawbridge that was paved over in 1956, has deteriorated in recent years.’

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