December 11, 1997 |
The former site of Publicker Industries - once a time bomb loaded with two million gallons of toxic and explosive alcohols, fuels and chemicals - was officially pronounced clean and taken off the Superfund list yesterday by federal officials. The Philadelphia waterfront parcel, in the shadow of the Walt Whitman Bridge, is now slated to become a marine terminal, which will create at least 450 new jobs. Mayor Rendell, U.S. Rep. Robert Borski (D., Pa.) and Carol Browner, the administrator of the federal Environmental Protection Agency, were all at the site yesterday to celebrate its resurrection.
November 17, 1997 |
Police charged a 21-year-old New Jersey woman yesterday with an array of drug-related charges after she struck the side of the Walt Whitman Bridge on Saturday night while allegedly driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The body of an 18-year-old Camden County man, who died of an apparent drug overdose, was found by police in the back seat of the car. That left detectives from the Camden County Prosecutor's Office and the Delaware River Port Authority hunting yesterday for clues that would explain the circumstances surrounding the man's death.
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.