University Avenue Bridge

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University Avenue Bridge
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Coordinates 39°56′30″N75°11′52″W / 39.94167°N 75.19778°W / 39.94167; -75.19778 Coordinates: 39°56′30″N75°11′52″W / 39.94167°N 75.19778°W / 39.94167; -75.19778
CarriesUniversity Avenue
Crosses Schuylkill River
Locale Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Official nameUniversity Avenue Bridge
Owner Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, 1961, formerly City of Philadelphia
Maintained byPennDOT
Design Beaux-Arts Double leaf bascule bridge
MaterialSteel, limestone, concrete, bronze
Total length536 feet (163 m)
Width100 feet (30 m)
No. of spans4
Piers in water4
Clearance below 30 feet (9.1 m)
Designer Paul Philippe Cret, architect, and Stephen H. Noyes, engineer
Constructed byDravo Contracting Company
Construction start1925
Construction end1930
University Avenue Bridge
USA Pennsylvania location map.svg
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Location Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 39°56′30″N75°11′52″W / 39.94167°N 75.19778°W / 39.94167; -75.19778
Architect Paul Philippe Cret
Architectural styleBeaux Arts
NRHP reference No. 94000515 [1]
Added to NRHPMay 26, 1994
University Avenue Bridge

The University Avenue Bridge is a double-leaf bascule bridge crossing the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The four-lane bridge links University Avenue in West Philadelphia with South 34th Street in the Grays Ferry section of South Philadelphia. It measures 536 feet (163 m) long, 100 feet (30 m) wide, and clears the water by 30 feet (9.1 m). [2]


Built in 1930, the bridge was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on May 26, 1994. [3]

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  1. "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places . National Park Service. April 15, 2008.
  2. "University City Bridge, University City Historical Society" . Retrieved 2008-05-20.
  3. Steffe, Michael J. (1994-04-26). "UNIVERSITY AVENUE BRIDGE Paul Philippe Cret, architect". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. Retrieved 2010-07-10. The much more recent Passyunk Avenue Bridge, and the University Avenue Bridge remain the only two extant double leaf bascule type drawbridges on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia.