Chestnut Street Bridge
The Chestnut Street Bridge is a bridge across the Schuylkill River that carries Chestnut Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. The original 1861 bridge was "a bridge whose scale and use of cast iron made it singular in the United States and throughout the world". The 1957 bridge, now one way, carries PA Route 3 eastbound and continues to help connect West Philadelphia with the rest of the city.

Construction of the first Chestnut Street Bridge, designed by Strickland Kneass , started on 4 September 1861. That bridge cost $500,000, was 1,528 feet (466 m) long, and was constructed of cast iron, with approaches and piers of granite. When the bridge formally opened on 23 June 1866 , it was the second connection between Center City Philadelphia and West Philadelphia, after the Market Street Bridge . In 1957, to make way for the Schuylkill Expressway, the western pier of the bridge was removed, and the main spans of the bridge were replaced.

In Film
  • In the popular film Shooter (2007 film), FBI agent Nick Memphis (Played by Michael Peña) is abducted while walking across the Chestnut street bridge.
  • One episode of Hack (American TV series) was filmed on the bridge.


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