May 9, 2014 |
CAMDEN The newest plan for a bicycle and pedestrian ramp on the Camden side of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge calls for a single slope, with a "bump-out" platform to slow bike traffic. The $2.9 million plan was approved Wednesday by a Delaware River Port Authority committee, and the full board is expected to vote on it May 21. If approved, the final design will be completed this year and the ramp will be built next year, chief engineer Mike Venuto said. The new plan is the latest wrinkle in a long debate over how - and whether - to build a ramp to replace a staircase with 39 steps at the Camden end on the south side of the 1.5 mile-long bridge.
April 17, 2014 |
PATCO, the troubled commuter rail line between Center City and South Jersey, is about to get a major makeover. Up-to-date train information will be displayed on variable message signs and flat-screen monitors at train stations, 230 new video cameras will be installed in stations and parking lots, and SEPTA crews will be hired for five years to maintain PATCO's balky escalators and elevators, if the PATCO board approves the plans on Wednesday. The upgrades will cost $7.5 million. The changes are planned as PATCO riders, who have endured their winter of discontent, are about to get an inglorious summer.
October 23, 2013 |
The Race Street Pier, alongside the Benjamin Franklin Bridge off North Columbus Boulevard, extends into the Delaware River like a woman's slender hand slipping into an elegant opera glove. By day, the pier's landscaped, dual levels of metal, reclaimed plastic, and wood hover beautifully over the waters of the Delaware. By night, lit by more than 200 LED solar light blocks embedded into its paving, the pier is positively haunting. With the new FringeArts building across the boulevard, there couldn't be a more dramatic setting for the wistfully cinematic soundscape that Philadelphia musician Michael Kiley has created for the pier, a popular spot for picnics, weddings, and live concerts since it opened in 2011.
September 16, 2012 |
A call of a person on the tracks led to the shutdown of the PATCO high speed line Saturday morning. PATCO officials shut off all power after receiving a that there was a person trespassing along the line's rails on the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. But, an investigation quickly revealed that the person sighted was a PATCO maintenance worker. "Apparently what happened was that someone saw one of our workers on the tracks and reported him as a trespasser," said Tim Ireland, spokesman for PATCO.
June 6, 2012 |
A Burlington County man who police say fled Saturday after his SUV slammed into a vehicle carrying concert-bound country music fans, killing one, was arraigned in Superior Court in Camden Wednesday and held on $150,000 bail. Ronald Winzinger, 35, of Hainesport, was charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident and hindering prosecution. Authorities say they believe he was behind the wheel of a Nissan Xterra near Exit 4 on I-676 in Camden around 11:40 a.m. when it struck a Mazda M3S and a Ford E150 van. Michelle MacInnes, 29, of Jackson Township, Ocean County, a passenger in the Mazda, died of her injuries shortly afterward at Cooper University Hospital.
August 11, 2010 |
A woman who phoned St. Joseph's Hospital in North Philadelphia and claimed she had thrown her three children off the Benjamin Franklin Bridge sent authorities into a frantic search early Tuesday. The woman, identified by law enforcement officials as either Michelle or Familia Perez, made the first of three calls to St. Joseph's shortly after 3:30 a.m., according to a hospital official. She said she had dropped her children, ages 5 months and 2 and 4 years, into the Delaware River, a Coast Guard representative said.
August 10, 2010 |
A woman who phoned St. Joseph's Hospital in North Philadelphia and claimed she had thrown her three children off the Benjamin Franklin Bridge sent authorities into a frantic search early Tuesday. The woman, who said her name was Shelly or Familia Perez, made the first in a series of calls to St. Joseph's shortly after 3:30 a.m., according to a hospital official. She said she had given birth a short time earlier and had dropped her newborn into the Delaware River, a U.S. Coast Guard representative said.
June 16, 2010 |
The pedestrian stairs on the Camden side of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge will be replaced by a more bike-friendly ramp, as part of a broader plan to build new bike paths on both sides of the Delaware River. The Bicycle Coalition of Philadelphia presented its case for better bridge access at Wednesday's board meeting of the Delaware River Port Authority. Afterward, DRPA chief executive John Matheussen said the agency would accelerate plans for a $3.2 million upgrade to the bridge walkway.
February 28, 2010 |
The entrepreneur charges through the dark, dank historic building at the entrance to Camden, speaking excitedly of its potential and bemoaning the vandals who he says tried to get to him by destroying it. He is a large man with a wide gait, a gleaming bald head, and a thick Israeli accent that belies the more than 25 years he has lived in Cherry Hill - now in a home built with imported Jerusalem stone. With broken glass crunching under his feet, he looks around his 1927 Classical Revival structure - known as the Sears building - and asserts that he won't be pushed aside by political insiders who run a Fortune 500 firm with $2.2 billion in annual revenue.
May 21, 2009 |
The long-slumbering ghost beneath one of William Penn's five original Philadelphia squares is about to awaken. The 73-year-old subway station beneath Franklin Square, last used in 1979, will be remodeled and reopened to PATCO commuter trains, Delaware River Port Authority chairman John Estey said yesterday. Development around Franklin Square, at Sixth and Race Streets, and the rebirth of the once-seedy square have convinced authority officials that the station will have what it had lacked: passengers.