June 22, 1988 |
As the great bridge over Trout Run in Gladwyne nears completion, that inevitable, and somewhat delicate question has been posed: For whom should the bridge be named? A politician? A poet? Bill Owens? "Oh no, not me," said Owens, a former newspaper photographer turned Main Line developer. Owens is paying $150,000 to build a 70-foot bridge over a foot-deep creek. The bridge will service a single house. He insists that credit go where it is due: "Name it after my checkbook.
June 19, 2012 |
Federal highway officials have given the green light for final design and construction of a toll bridge to replace the free Scudder Falls Bridge on I-95 between Bucks and Mercer Counties. The Federal Highway Administration determined the proposed $328 million, nine-lane, 180-foot-wide toll bridge would have "no significant impact" on the human environment around the bridge. That finding clears the way for the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission to proceed with final design, which could take 18 months to complete.
June 25, 1999 |
On any given day, about 10,000 vehicles line up each morning during rush hour waiting to cross the Ben Franklin Bridge. It's a costly ritual that increases congestion and air pollution, lengthens travel time, wastes fuel and causes lost productivity. As it prepares to vote next week on a proposed 50 percent boost in bridge tolls, the Delaware River Port Authority has the power to reduce congestion by pricing tolls in a way that encourages customers to carpool, use mass-transit alternatives like PATCO, or drive at off-peak times.
December 4, 1994 |
Talk about your technological advances. First there were tokens, so drivers crossing toll bridges didn't have to mess around with money. Then came exact-change baskets, so folks could toss in their tokens or coins and keep on rolling. Now, there are nifty new gizmos that read sensors on cars so people don't even have to slow down as they whiz across a bridge. You will find none of these on the toll bridge at Dingmans Ferry. Tokens? Try red construction-paper tickets, like those sold at school carnivals.
September 9, 1998 |
A stretch of new asphalt along the northbound lanes of the Route 1 toll bridge looks clean and sharp with its fresh black expanses and bright white striping. But whether it effectively reduces traffic noise that residents have complained about for years depends a lot on whom you talk to. "I've noticed the difference," said Joseph F. Catania, director of the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission, which maintains the bridge. "I'm not satisfied with it at all," countered lifelong borough resident Michael Meyers, whose house is located directly below the toll-bridge plaza on residential Moreau Street.
May 29, 2002 |
The State of Delaware and the Norfolk Southern Corp. have agreed to create what they think is the nation's first toll bridge for railroads. The tolls will be used to repair the bridge, strengthening the nearby Port of Wilmington and other rail users as well as allowing the state to run passenger trains over Norfolk Southern tracks between Wilmington and Dover, possibly within six years. The improved freight-rail and future passenger service will ease congestion on U.S. Route 1 and other highways, Nathan Hayward 3d, Delaware's secretary of transportation, said.
July 7, 1997 |
The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission will begin a noise study around the Route 1 toll bridge, responding to residents' complaints that nearby truck noise remains unbearable. The two-month study should begin in the next 10 days, said Joseph Catania, executive director for the commission. Resident concerns about noise and dust were bolstered by figures indicating that more traffic has been moving over Route 1 because of construction on the Lower Trenton Bridge. A traffic study in May showed more than 54,000 vehicles a day traveled over the Route 1 toll bridge - an increase of about 8,400.
June 26, 1986 |
The venerable Calhoun Street Bridge, which has served travelers crossing the Delaware River between the Trenton area and Bucks County for 102 years, has been closed indefinitely after being damaged, perhaps beyond repair, early Tuesday. A Morrisville police spokesman said a Trenton man, driving a stolen car, was being pursued by Falls Township police when he lost control of the vehicle and it slammed into the side of the bridge. Thomas E. Henry, comptroller of the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission, the authority that operates the bridge, said the structure sustained extensive damage to a major support truss that holds it together.
February 24, 2000 |
The pedestrian walkways on the Benjamin Franklin Bridge have been closed until the end of June because of three work projects on the 74-year-old span. The Delaware River Port Authority said the work would have only a "minimal impact" on vehicle traffic on the toll bridge. Joseph Diemer, a spokesman for the bistate agency, said the DRPA had hoped to keep a walkway open during the work but decided it was impossible with all three projects under way at once. The bridge has two pedestrian walkways, but only one is open at any one time and only during daylight hours.