November 27, 1990
Now that Burlington County voters have killed a proposal to build a new, wider Burlington-Bristol bridge, the next order of business should be to kill the Burlington County Bridge Commission itself. The discredited commission, which operates the Burlington-Bristol and Tacony-Palmyra bridges between New Jersey and Pennsylvania, has been beset by charges of corruption, financial mismanagement and waste while under the iron thumb of Burlington County GOP boss J. Garfield DeMarco. The bridge commission spent $3 million on plans and promotions to build the $165 million bridge that county voters rejected this month in a non-binding referendum that effectively stopped bridge plans.
December 2, 2013 |
The Burlington County Bridge Commission calls them "openings. " But to the hundreds of motorists stuck each time the deck of the Tacony-Palmyra or Burlington-Bristol Bridges rises, those random events are definitely closings. "My son has a doctor's appointment at 6 o'clock," said a frustrated William Lyou, stuck in an opening last week that had begun at 5:13 p.m. It was 5:32, peak rush hour. Traffic on Route 73 in New Jersey was backed up for nearly a mile, and vehicles on Robbins Street in Philadelphia were halted for blocks.
September 9, 2010
A purple dump truck, loaded with stone, caused a two-car accident on the Burlington-Bristol Bridge on Wednesday, and the driver of the truck fled the scene, officials said. The accident, shortly before 1:30 p.m., closed the two-lane span over the Delaware River in both directions for about four hours, said Liz Verna, spokeswoman for the Burlington County Bridge Commission. An object came off the truck, which was heading into New Jersey, and hit a vehicle traveling into Pennsylvania. That vehicle then lost control and crossed into oncoming traffic, striking a second New Jersey-bound vehicle, according to Verna.
February 23, 2013
A planned $48 million borrowing by the Burlington County Bridge Commission was assigned an Aa2 rating with a "negative" outlook by Moody's Investors Service on Friday. The bond rating reflects Moody's assessment of the bonds as high quality and a very low credit risk, while the negative outlook was prompted by the county's debt level and Moody's concerns that "the county's narrowed financial reserves will be challenged to grow to adequate levels over the near-medium term. " The general obligation bonds are expected to be sold next Thursday, with the proceeds to be used to refinance existing debt at lower interest rates.
September 8, 2010 |
The Burlington-Bristol Bridge remains closed in both directions following a two-car accident early this afternoon, a spokeswoman for the Burlington County Bridge Commission said. Vehicles traveling in opposite directions collided shortly before 1:30 p.m., according to spokeswoman Liz Verna. One person was flown to Helene Fuld Medical Center in Trenton, authorities said. The accident was a collision with entrapment at the middle of the two-lane span, according to Burlington County Central Communications.
December 19, 1988 |
In its 59-year history, the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge has had more near-misses than hits by moving vessels. It has been thumped by sand barges, tugs and freighters and once was put out of business for more than an hour when a vessel became wedged beneath its open span. In 1965, a ship under tow sheared the timber pilings of a supporting bridge pier, causing $60,000 worth of damage. But most of the drawbridge's dramatic moments have been near-misses that resulted in nothing more than massive traffic jams.
August 8, 1989 |
Summer boaters on the Rancocas Creek no longer would be able to open the drawbridge linking Delanco and Riverside on demand under a proposal submitted to the U.S. Coast Guard. In an effort to ease summer traffic congestion, the Burlington County Bridge Commission and Delanco Township have asked the Coast Guard to instead allow hourly or half-hourly scheduled openings of the Burlington Avenue Bridge. Delanco officials last night announced that the Bridge Commission, which regulates the bridge, had endorsed Delanco's plan to regulate bridge openings during peak boating months.
June 7, 2011
The Delaware River and Bay Authority, which operates the Delaware Memorial Bridge, will switch from its own E-ZPass system to the New Jersey E-ZPass system to save about $750,000 a year, the agency said Monday. The change, effective June 27, will not affect the commuter or frequent-traveler discounts currently available to DRBA E-ZPass holders, spokesman James Salmon said. The monthly charge for E-ZPass customers will be reduced to $1 a month from the current $1.50. New Jersey E-ZPass is the operator of the E-ZPass systems in use on the New Jersey Turnpike, the Garden State Parkway, the Atlantic City Expressway, and toll bridges operated by the Delaware River Port Authority and the Burlington County Bridge Commission.
February 11, 1993 |
When the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge opened Aug. 14, 1929, it was supposed to open with a bang. But an afternoon downpour that day dampened the fireworks intended to highlight the ribbon-cutting. So it opened instead with a whistle, provided by the steam siren on the city launch John Wanamaker, which brought Mayor Harry A. Mackey upriver for the ceremony. The bridge put the Tacony-Palmyra Ferry out of business. The ferry was placed into service in 1922, operating between the points where the bridge's shore supports now stand.
September 17, 2008 |
Commuter traffic rose Monday on the Tacony-Palmyra and Burlington-Bristol Bridges and dropped on the four Delaware River Port Authority bridges, apparently the result of drivers' looking for a bargain. Monday was the first work day with higher tolls on the DRPA's Ben Franklin, Walt Whitman, Commodore Barry and Betsy Ross Bridges. Tolls on those bridges are now $4 for autos, up from $3. That makes them twice as expensive to cross as the Tacony-Palmyra and Burlington-Bristol Bridges, where the Burlington County Bridge Commission is keeping fares at $2 and touting its spans as the "best bargain around.