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)
February 27, 1996 |
A redecking project that will limit traffic on the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge to one lane in each direction for the next two years begins at 9 a.m. Friday. The $23 million project will give the bridge its first new deck since it was built in 1929. The new deck is expected to last 25 to 30 years. Work on the bridge, which is 38 feet wide and 3,700 feet long, will start on the downstream side, then move to the middle, and finish with the upstream side. Burlington County Bridge Commission officials said they expected to lose less than 10 percent of their customers during the project.
September 19, 1995 |
The head of the Delaware River Port Authority said yesterday that political bickering over a proposed bond deal threatens to leave a major rehabilitation of the Walt Whitman Bridge temporarily unfinished and cause hazardous conditions for motorists. For five months, DRPA board members have been unable to reach agreement on the bond sale, needed to pay for the bridge repairs, completion of a new DRPA headquarters in Camden, and a host of other projects. The board is scheduled to take up the issue again tomorrow.
November 15, 1994 |
The Delaware River Port Authority is lauding motorists for changing habits and preventing massive gridlock during the current reconstruction of Walt Whitman Bridge approaches. "When we began this $130 million project in August, we pleaded with Whitman commuters to consider alternative routes, like the Commodore Barry Bridge," said DRPA spokesman Joe Diemer. Whitmanites heeded that advice. By the thousands they have switched to the Barry and, to a lesser extent, the Betsy Ross Bridge.
September 5, 1994 |
Officials of this struggling riverfront city are challenging the state Administrative Office of the Courts by keeping fines collected from Walt Whitman Bridge lawbreakers. The bridge runs through the city's northern section and is owned by the Delaware River Port Authority. DRPA police enforce the law on the bridge, but Gloucester's Municipal Court processes traffic cases stemming from violations on the bridge and collects the money to pay the traffic fines. The Municipal Court sends the money to the Office of the Courts, which, in turn, sends it to the state Department of Motor Vehicles.