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Traffic Bottlenecks Will Persist on Ben Franklin Bridge Into Late October

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(Signs and traffic cones demark the closed westbound lanes of the Ben Franklin Bridge.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

(Signs and traffic cones demark the closed westbound lanes of the Ben Franklin Bridge. Photo by Mike DeNardo)

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By Mike DeNardo

CAMDEN, N.J. (CBS) — If you think those maddening lane closures on the Benjamin Franklin Bridge will be gone when everyone returns to work after Labor Day, think again.

Over the coming holiday weekend, drivers on the Ben Franklin Bridge will have three lanes to New Jersey and only two to Philadelphia, because of the ongoing rehabilitation work going on along the westbound Patco train tracks across the bridge.

And when everybody goes back to work on Tuesday, it’ll be the same as it’s been in recent weeks: three lanes in each direction in the morning, but then only two to Philadelphia after that.

Delaware River Port Authority CEO John Hanson says they’ll be keeping an eye on the backups as everyone returns to work and school.

“We’ll be monitoring the traffic patterns, and if changes to the configuration or routing become necessary, we’ll absolutely look at it and do what we can to make things better,” he said today.

The lane closures are scheduled to continue until October 21st.  Drivers may want to consider the Walt Whitman or Betsy Ross Bridges as alternates in the meantime.

 

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