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October 1, 1986 | By FRANK DOUGHERTY, Daily News Staff Writer
The bridge named after the Philadelphian whose enlightened experiments pioneered the study of electricity is about to get a lighting job of its own. The Benjamin Franklin Bridge Lighting Project has selected designer Steven Izenour to illuminate the Delaware River span that has become a trademark on Philadelphia's skyscape. "Architects start with building blocks to make bridges, then go on to puny little buildings," said Izenour, a senior associate with the Philadelphia architecture firm of Venturi, Rauch & Scott Brown.
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August 10, 1986 | By Roger Cohn, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the 60 years it has spanned the Delaware, the Benjamin Franklin Bridge has had a rail line and eight auto lanes built across it, has been the scene of hundreds of sweltering Sunday night traffic jams for motorists returning from the Jersey shore, and has even been painted a rather odd shade of blue. Now, an organization backed by business and municipal leaders from both sides of the Delaware River is proposing a new idea for the mammoth steel structure that was once the largest suspension bridge in the world: lighting its 380-foot twin towers and the 2 1/2-foot-thick cables strung across its 1.8-mile span.
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December 6, 1992 | By Peter Finn, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
At 7 a.m. tomorrow, the 300 or so hardy souls who walk, jog and bike across the Benjamin Franklin Bridge each day will lose the pleasure of taking in two city skylines in one sweeping look. The 66-year-old walkway on the south side of the bridge will close for a complete redecking and won't reopen until June. At the same time, however, the Delaware River Port Authority, which owns and operates the bridge, has opened the walkway on the north side of the bridge. Bridge officials promise that the north walkway presents a spectacular view of Philadelphia and the northern end of the central harbor area, from Pier 19 north to Tioga Marine Terminal on the Pennsylvania side and Pettys Island on the New Jersey side.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 29, 2001 | By Joseph A. Gambardello INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
On July 1, 1926, a reported 250,000 people walked across the Delaware River Bridge to affirm that after decades of dreaming and planning - and four years of construction - a fixed link had been established between Philadelphia and Camden. Now known as the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, the 1.4-mile-long structure of stone, steel and cable turns 75 on Sunday. To mark the anniversary, the Delaware River Port Authority has decided to close the bridge to vehicular traffic and turn it over to pedestrians from early morning to 11 a.m. Sunday.
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December 12, 1992 | By Terence Samuel, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER Contributing to this article were Inquirer staff writers Suzanne Gordon, Dominic Sama, Connie Langland, Peter Landry, Tanya Barrientos, Dale Mezzacappa, Howard Goodman, Denise-Marie Santiago, Fawn Vrazo, Jim Detjen, Doug Campbell, John Way Jennings, Monica Rohr, Daniel LeDuc, Tom Belden, Vanessa Williams and Richard Burke and Inquirer correspondents Claire Furia, Kevin McKinney, Mary Anne Janco, Laura Spinale, Steve Boman and Stephanie Banchero
The winds roared. The skies opened. The roads and bridges were closed. The power was out. And the streets were rivers, and rivers were seas. It seemed that the whole region was a huge windswept puddle after a devastating storm rambled across the region yesterday, hammering the Jersey Shore, toppling buildings and crippling much of the Philadelphia area. More than 178,000 homes lost electricity. In rush hours, drivers struggled through morning and evening traffic, as many area roads and streets were closed, blocked or flooded.
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July 12, 1997 | C. LEOPOLDO LAURE/ DAILY NEWS
Traffic backs up on the approach to the Benjamin Franklin Bridge yesterday afternoon as the weekend exodus to the shore begins. If you didn't go, it will be sunny in the city, too.
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April 1, 1989 | ANDREA MIHALIK/ DAILY NEWS
Mother Nature was in a damp, dreary mood yesterday. But that didn't bother Ralph DeJesus and Maria Garcia at Penn's Landing, as they paused near the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, which was obscured by a romantic mist.
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August 7, 1990 | DEIRDRE HAMILL / DAILY NEWS
A group protesting against the use of nuclear weapons crosses the Benjamin Franklin Bridge yesterday during demonstrations at General Electric facilities in Camden and Philadelphia on the anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Said Robert Smith, a member of the group from the Brandywine Peace Community, "We are beginning to raise the theme and call for . . . conversion of weapons industries like GE from military production to environmental and social needs. "
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November 15, 1986 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / J. KYLE KEENER
APPEARING IN THE MORNING HAZE as if it were going to set down on the deck of the Walt Whitman Bridge, a helicopter glides toward a landing on the Philadelphia bank of the Delaware River. The stacks of the old Publicker Industries terminal in South Philadelphia loom in the foreground of the picture, taken Thursday from the walkway of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge.
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December 28, 1993 | ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ/ DAILY NEWS
A tractor-trailer loaded with frozen chickens overturned on the entrance ramp to the Benjamin Franklin Bridge shortly after 1 p.m. yesterday. The accident on the Philadelphia side of the span tied up traffic from 6th and Race streets for more than an hour. A Delaware River Port Authority spokesman said the driver was unhurt. The vehicle reportedly flipped as it was going around the monument on the ramp that leads onto the bridge.
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May 9, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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April 17, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 23, 2013 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
September 16, 2012 | INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
June 6, 2012 | By Claudia Vargas and INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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August 11, 2010 | By Darran Simon and Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
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August 10, 2010 | By Darran Simon and Peter Mucha, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
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.
NEWS
June 16, 2010 | By Paul Nussbaum, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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February 28, 2010 | By Matt Katz INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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May 21, 2009 | By Paul Nussbaum INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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