A new State Street Bridge opened for automotive traffic in Camden on Saturday afternoon, allowing motorists once again to drive from East Camden to North Camden.
It runs parallel to the original State Street Bridge, which was closed for repair in March 2012. The old bridge, built in 1898, has been refurbished and is now limited to bicycle and pedestrian traffic. The $11.9 million twin-bridge project was funded through grants from the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
An opening ceremony is to take place at a later date, once lighting and landscaping work is completed, said Dan Keashen, a spokesman for the Camden County Freeholders. County officials are optimistic that another bridge project, the Baird Boulevard Bridge, will be completed in time for school, he said. - Tom Avril