Five years after the 40th Street Bridge connecting West Philadelphia’s Mantua and Parkside neighborhoods closed, it is back and better than ever.
Though a few bridge closure signs remain posted nearby, the 40th Street Bridge has been rebuilt and is open to car, pedestrian and public transit traffic.
The 40th Street bridge spans across some of the city’s busiest Amtrak and SEPTA train tracks and is one of three bridges connecting Mantua and Parkside. For the past several years both the 40th Street and 41st Street bridges have been closed. PlanPhilly has covered
the frustration this caused
in the divided neighborhoods, the attention it received
from the City and the lengthy construction process
When I went to visit the now familiar spot after the bridge opened, foot traffic across the bridge seemed low, but there were people both biking and walking on the new bridge’s wide sidewalks. The November sun beamed off of the bright, clean surfaces and cars and busses whirred across the smooth pavement.