When I think of the name, I think "School Kill". Many people on this site think "Sure Kill".
I always seem to hear it as "skookle," but I always say "Surekill," even for the river.
The Schuylkill was originally designed with enough room left over to widen it to three lanes in each direction - or so I've been told. I'd say I can't believe PennDOT hasn't widened it by now if that were the case, but this is PennDOT.
You mean like how the Ben Franklin, Walt Whitman, and Betsy Ross Bridges were originally eight (narrow) lanes? Even the Tacony-Palmyra was once four, and now it's two WB, one EB.
The Walt Whitman bridge was never designed for 8 lanes. It has always been 7 lanes wide from when it was opened.
The Ben Franklin bridge never had 8 *travel* lanes. It had 6 travel lanes when it first opened, and a lane on the outside in each direction (but within the tower piers) for trolleys (not to be confused with what are now the PATCO tracks on the outside of the tower piers) The trolley lanes were removed, and the roadbed was widened to 7 travel lanes.
The Betsy Ross Bridge had 8, 11 foot lanes. It was also supposed to be part of a much larger, interstate highway system in the Philly area, handling a lot more traffic. It's since been reduced to 6 travel lanes with a jersey barrier (not a zipper barrier like the other 3 DRPA bridges) and right shoulders.
The Commodore Barry Bridge (the 4th DRPA bridge) has always been 5 lanes, although for some reason the gantries across the roadway were designed with lane control light inserts for 6 lanes.
Personally, I think the DRPA is horribly run, especially on the engineering/design side of things. Nearly all the interchange ramps have advisory speeds of 20 mph or less, probably due to improper banking of the ramps. Almost all of their BGS and EZ Pass signs have some sort of error. And they have a blanket 45 mph maximum speed limit on all their roadways, regardless of their design speed. On the Commodore Barry Bridge, I've often seen a 25 mph limit when there's roadwork going on, even if that roadwork is at the base of the bridge when you first approach the bridge and nothing else is occuring after that point.