August 11, 1997 |
There's a moral to this mural, this artwork-waiting-to-happen on a long stone wall in South Philly. Namely, Thou shalt not fix that which ain't broken. Or, if you do, first make sure the good folks of Marconi Plaza are behind it. You may avoid painting yourself into a corner. To paint or not to paint? People who live in a cluster of rowhouses near the Walt Whitman Bridge are asking that question. It has led to petitions circulated by pro- and anti-mural factions.
March 12, 1997 |
Making traffic flow as smoothly over three Delaware River Port Authority bridges as the river below them will be the goal of a proposed study before the authority's board next week. The board is expected to approve March 19 a recommendation from its operations and maintenance committee for a $358,601, nine-month study of traffic flow over the Benjamin Franklin, Betsy Ross and Commodore Barry bridges linking Philadelphia with South Jersey. A similar study was done in 1992 on the Walt Whitman Bridge, before massive reconstruction got under way on that span.
March 2, 1997 |
Police in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey raced after three would-be robbers early yesterday in an hour-long car chase that shot up and down I-95 and twice crossed the Walt Whitman Bridge before ending near Cottman Avenue with the suspects' arrest. No one was injured and no vehicles were damaged in the wild ride. The driver was identified by police as Dennis Convey, 21, of Deptford. His passengers were identified as Mark Louis Katzin, 20, of the 2000 block of East Firth Street, Philadelphia, and Robert Henry Hudicek, 21, of the 2600 block of East Coral Street, Philadelphia.
January 22, 1997 |
The U.S. Supreme Court turned down a Cherry Hill advertising company's appeal to put up billboards in Gloucester City yesterday, leaving the city's ban on commercial signs intact and ending a five-year legal battle. Since 1992, Gloucester City's zoning board - citing a zoning law that bans advertisements unless they are on the grounds of the business - has refused to let Intervine Outdoor Advertising erect 960-square-foot signs. Lawyers for Intervine argued in briefs that the local law was "fatally flawed because the city's almost complete ban upon all off-premises sign advertising speech is unconstitutional.
September 18, 1996 |
Betsy Ross made a grand old flag, but her namesake bridge is getting a bit long in the tooth, bumpy and in need of a facelift. So a two-year, $4.8-million resurfacing project is getting under way this week on the bridge that links Bridesburg with Pennsauken, N.J. Expect possible delays, but only if you use the "Iron Lady" - as the truckers refer to the bridge on their CB radios - at night or during off-peak hours, said Delaware River Port...
August 16, 1996 |
Long ago, travelers crossed the ocean aboard cruise ships. The most elegant and the fastest was the SS United States. Leroy J. Alexanderson remembers the ocean liner in its youth, when its sleek speed left admiring stares in its wake. Now the hobbled old ship, just the hull of its former self, needs tug boats to tow it along. Alexanderson, 86 and a landlubber in Hampton, Va., spent 14 years on the ship, most of them as the ship's commodore or captain. "She was very very elegant and very austere.
August 14, 1996 |
For a brief, shining moment, she was the queen of the seas. The giant and elegant SS United States made her maiden voyage from New York to Le Havre, France, in 1952, and set a record for the fastest crossing of the Atlantic. But by 1969, the great ship was out of service. Air travel had made it an anachronism. Few denizens of the jet age had the time or patience for a four-day ocean crossing. The ship's furnishings and artwork were auctioned off in 1984. Now the 150-foot-high United States, as tall as a 15-story building and nearly 1,000 feet long, sits here in the Delaware River at the Packer Avenue Terminal partially under the Walt Whitman Bridge, stripped and shunted into the shadows of history.
July 3, 1996 |
We might expect rush-hour problems approaching the Walt Whitman Bridge with the $75 million, four-year redecking project that's about to hit high gear after the All-Star Game Tuesday. But not yesterday. Yesterday, as Metro Traffic anchor Andrea Lacca pointed out, was supposed to be a piece of cake - "one of the lightest traveling weekdays of the summer. " Somebody forgot to tell that monster barrier-moving machine, according to Delaware River Port Authority spokesman Joe Diemer.
July 2, 1996 |
Dan Auletto paid $60 for a surprise birthday party yesterday, and about 100,000 people turned up. The Ben Franklin Bridge turned 70 years old yesterday. So bridge manager Auletto bought 26 multi-colored, industrial strength balloons to adorn each bridge toll booth. Motorists passing under the balloons were thanked for their enduring patronage on an electronic screen that read: "Happy 70th Birthday, Ben Franklin Bridge. Thank you for your support. " "I just thought it would be nice to honor Old Ben," said Auletto, who paid for the balloons from his own pocket.
April 22, 1996 |
If you noticed the curbstone replacement at the the Walt Whitman Bridge toll plaza that began this week, you ain't seen nothing yet. The big wave of the $130 million project to overhaul the bridge linking South Philadelphia with Gloucester City gets rolling at the end of this week. After Friday's morning rush hour, construction crews will begin paving in the toll lanes, resulting in - you guessed it - fewer toll lanes. But the work will be done only from 9 a.m. Fridays through noon on Sundays in order to "get them back in service for the return of the weekend shore traffic," said Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA)