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Patco Switches Track Reconstruction to Westbound Side of Ben Franklin Bridge

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(Crews install a safety platform under the Ben Franklin Bridge ahead of construction work.  File photo by John McDevitt)

(Crews install a safety platform under the Ben Franklin Bridge ahead of construction work. File photo by John McDevitt)

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By David Madden

CAMDEN, N.J. (CBS) — They’re once again “single tracking” Patco trains across the Benjamin Franklin Bridge.  It will take place for the next couple of months, this time to replace tracks and railroad ties on the northern side of the span.

And, just like the work done earlier this summer on the south side of the bridge, this project will affect drivers a bit.

If you drive in from Jersey, the warning signs are already up: three lanes to Philadelphia as of Monday.

But regular commuters already know the drill.  The lane closest to the tracks will be blocked to allow equipment to get in.

There will be times when only two lanes to Philadelphia will be open, although it’ll always be three lanes during rush hours.

The lane blockages will end in mid-October, when those northside tracks reopen.

Of course, if you want to avoid all this, there’s always the Walt Whitman Bridge.

Listen to KYW Newsradio’s “Traffic and Transit on the Twos,” every 10 minutes, around the clock, every day.

 

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