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January 14, 2013
A 54-year-old man driving west on the Walt Whitman Bridge on Sunday morning stopped his car, got out, and leaped over the side to his death, police said. The suicide happened at 11:23 a.m., a police spokeswoman said. A Coast Guard crew recovered the man's body. He was pronounced dead shortly after noon. Police, who were still investigating Sunday night, declined to identify the man. - John P. Martin
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April 16, 1999 | By Larry Fish, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A construction worker fell to his death from the Walt Whitman Bridge yesterday morning, and the long-running bridge redecking was halted for an investigation. David Crompton, 32, of the 6500 block of Ditman Street in the Northeast, fell about 50 feet onto a concrete area below the Philadelphia side of the bridge, said Joe Diemer, spokesman for the Delaware River Port Authority, which operates the bridge. He fell about 7:30 a.m. Crews have been putting down new steel decking in a $160 million project that began in 1994 and is to be completed next year.
NEWS
June 17, 2016
Authorities are investigating an apparent suicide that occurred about 4:30 a.m. Wednesday when a man drove onto the Walt Whitman Bridge, then shot himself and fell onto the concrete below in South Philadelphia, police said. The man has not been identified, Philadelphia police said. He was pronounced dead by medics at the scene at 5 a.m. Police said a gun was recovered. The suspension bridge carries Interstate 76 from South Philadelphia over the Delaware River to Gloucester City, New Jersey.
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July 2, 2010 | By Sam Wood, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A holiday trip to the Shore ended in tragedy this morning when an SUV carrying a Philadelphia family lost control and flipped on I-76 in Camden near the Walt Whitman Bridge. John Fean, 53, was partially ejected when his black Ford Explorer skidded at 11:23 a.m. and landed on its side. Medics declared him dead at the scene. Fean's wife and daughter received minor injuries and were taken to Cooper University Hospital in Camden, said Sgt. Stephen Jones, spokesman for the New Jersey State Police.
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May 15, 2007 | By John J. Matheussen
Today, we celebrate the birthday of one of the region's most important structures. You see it all the time as you drive through the region. You may drive over it on your way to work, the "game" or the Shore. It is an iconic landmark in the Delaware Valley: the Walt Whitman Bridge. For 50 years, the Walt Whitman Bridge has played an important role in supporting and expanding our local economy. Since it opened for business, the bridge has altered the regional skyline, shaped local history, and fundamentally changed the way people live.
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August 21, 1998 | By Julie Stoiber, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER Inquirer correspondent Gaiutra Bahadur contributed to this article
A mishap yesterday morning at a South Philadelphia plastics plant spewed clouds of chemicals into the air, sending 21 people to the hospital with itchy eyes and shortness of breath and shutting down the Walt Whitman Bridge for five hours, causing headaches for drivers on both sides of the Delaware River. Officials at Ashland Chemical Co. said the cause of the chemical release, which began at 10:45 a.m., was under investigation. Workers at the plant, on Columbus Boulevard just south of Oregon Avenue, were mixing chemicals used to make liquid plastic in a 4,000-gallon reactor tank when the mixture overheated, Deputy Fire Chief Bernard Dyer said.
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April 19, 1993 | By Lara Wozniak, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT Inquirer correspondent Louis R. Carlozo contributed to this article
All those trips back and forth, to and from Gloucester City and the Walt Whitman Bridge have taken their toll on the city's police and fire departments. Now, city officials say they want to be reimbursed for their efforts. Gloucester City provides numerous municipal services for the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA), which operates the Walt Whitman Bridge, said City Administrator Ed Doczy. And with few exceptions, the city receives no reimbursement for its work, he said.
NEWS
September 24, 1993 | By Josh Zimmer, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
In the competitive outdoor-advertising business, Intervine Outdoor Advertising of Cherry Hill has established its niche by finding eye-catching sites for its free-standing units. Last year, it identified just such a site in Gloucester City near the Walt Whitman Bridge, which would be visible to riders of the 55,000 vehicles that cross into New Jersey daily. And so, it went before the local zoning board, seeking permission to build three free-standing billboards - 960-square-feet each - on the west side of Broadway on property owned by Holt Hauling & Warehousing Inc. The city, it argued, would benefit by getting advertising space or revenues.
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December 20, 1998 | By Joseph A. Gambardello, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The record will show that Sunday, Aug. 13, 1994, was a hazy, hot and humid day. In fact, the high of 92 made it the hottest day of the month. Probably forgotten in the passing of time is that this, by all reckoning, also was the last day before work began to rebuild and repair the Walt Whitman Bridge and its feeder roads. More than four years later, the work goes on and is expected to continue into 2000. The biggest part of the project, the redecking of the bridge itself, is expected to be done in time for the opening of the Republican Convention in July of that year.
NEWS
October 21, 1999 | By Joseph A. Gambardello, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Say amen, Walt Whitman Bridge users. After more than 2 1/2 years of sharing the bridge with work crews, motorists will get the span all to themselves by Thanksgiving as a redecking project wraps up seven months ahead of schedule and under budget. And, the Delaware River Port Authority said yesterday, the bridge will get a movable barrier that will give it an extra lane to handle traffic. The announcements came before the agency's board held its monthly meeting, at which it approved $9 million in waterfront projects and heard an appeal not to demolish the old Sears building in Camden as part of the sprucing up of the Admiral Wilson Boulevard.
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July 4, 2016 | By Tom Wilk, Former Inquirer Copy Editor
  When the Delaware River Bridge opened on July 1, 1926, an estimated 100,000 people crossed the span, taking the opportunity to travel between Philadelphia and Camden without water transportation. They came on foot, not by car, that first day. Ninety years later, the bridge has undergone many changes, starting with its name. The span was renamed the Benjamin Franklin Bridge in 1956 to differentiate it from the Walt Whitman Bridge. Tolls are now one-way and have risen from 25 cents to $5 for cars, with E-ZPass now an option.
NEWS
June 17, 2016
Authorities are investigating an apparent suicide that occurred about 4:30 a.m. Wednesday when a man drove onto the Walt Whitman Bridge, then shot himself and fell onto the concrete below in South Philadelphia, police said. The man has not been identified, Philadelphia police said. He was pronounced dead by medics at the scene at 5 a.m. Police said a gun was recovered. The suspension bridge carries Interstate 76 from South Philadelphia over the Delaware River to Gloucester City, New Jersey.
NEWS
January 29, 2016 | By Emily Babay, Staff Writer
A man was pulled from the Delaware River after jumping from the Walt Whitman Bridge on Wednesday morning. Rescue crews responded to the incident shortly after 8:30 a.m., after a witness reported to the Delaware River Port Authority that someone had leapt from the bridge, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. The man was taken to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital after he was pulled from the river. His condition is not yet known. Further details weren't immediately available.
NEWS
October 7, 2014 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles held on to their lead over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, but out in the parking lot, fans were grumbling as they power-walked toward their cars in hopes of beating the traffic. Many said pre- and postgame gridlock was the worst they could remember since the Eagles and Philadelphia Police instituted new traffic patterns aimed at easing congestion. "It took us two hours last week to get out of here because of what they did. That's why we left early just now," Joe Stewart of Marshallton, Del., said as he jogged to the Sysco lot. A police car blocked Packer Avenue as a half-dozen cars clogged the median, attempting U-turns to avoid getting onto I-76.
NEWS
October 1, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eagles fans and other game-day motorists on I-95, beware: You might accidentally end up in New Jersey. A traffic pattern created by Philadelphia police after Eagles home games now requires all vehicles that exit northbound I-95 at Exit 19 (Packer Avenue/Walt Whitman Bridge) to get on the ramp to the Walt Whitman to New Jersey. The other option usually open to drivers, to get onto Packer Avenue, is closed off by police for about two hours after home games, the department says. The new pattern was first used after the Sept.
NEWS
September 20, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Emergency no-bid repairs for the Walt Whitman Bridge were approved Thursday by the Delaware River Port Authority board after holes were found in the bridge's steelwork, including one in a support beam that a worker described as big enough to "put a hard hat in. " The move, which will cost about $2.7 million, came just months after completion of a three-year, $140 million redecking of the 57-year-old bridge between South Jersey and South Philadelphia....
NEWS
January 14, 2013
A 54-year-old man driving west on the Walt Whitman Bridge on Sunday morning stopped his car, got out, and leaped over the side to his death, police said. The suicide happened at 11:23 a.m., a police spokeswoman said. A Coast Guard crew recovered the man's body. He was pronounced dead shortly after noon. Police, who were still investigating Sunday night, declined to identify the man. - John P. Martin
NEWS
August 25, 2011
Motorists could run into traffic tie-ups on the Walt Whitman Bridge after 8 p.m. Wednesday when workers close one of the span's seven lanes to begin a $139 million redecking project. The closure is earlier than originally announced. The righthand eastbound lane will be shut down for about the next five months, and successive lanes will be closed, one at a time, for five months each while they are being rebuilt. The construction project is expected to to be finished by the spring of 2014.
NEWS
August 19, 2011 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
Motorists beware. After wear and tear from hundreds of millions of vehicles over more than a half-century, a much-needed refurbishment of the Walt Whitman Bridge will begin next week. Redecking the region's busiest toll bridge will close lanes, one at a time, for 21/2 years, according to the Delaware River Port Authority, which operates the span. That means onerous traffic delays, especially in rush hours, weekends during the Shore season, and when multiple events are scheduled at the South Philadelphia sports complex.
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