Benjamin Franklin Bridge

(The righthand lane of the westbound Ben Franklin Bridge is blocked by a construction crew on the rainy morning of July 9, 2015.  Photo illustration by Mike DeNardo)

Lane Closures on Ben Franklin Bridge Will Persist Thru August

The Delaware River Port Authority, which operates the Ben, says the righthand westbound lane will remain closed around the clock until September 5th.

07/09/2015

(A truck lies overturned on the westbound exit ramp of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, approaching the Vine Street Expressway, on April 10, 2015.  Photo by Ed Fischer)

Not The Ben Again! Overturned Truck Cripples Morning Rush Into Center City

An overturned tractor-trailer is taking out two left lanes on the Ben Franklin Bridge into Philadelphia.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/10/2015

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Official Says Clearing Ben Franklin Bridge By AM Rush After Truck Accident Was Not Doable

John Hanson, chief executive officer of the Delaware River Port Authority, says removing the truck and its load of kiwi fruit was a huge undertaking.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/19/2015

In an effort to let riders know about the schedule changes, PATCO CEO John Hanson handed out leaflets to riders in Center City.  (credit: Justin Udo/KYW)

PATCO’s CEO Takes To The Rails To Publicize New Train Schedule

PATCO’s CEO takes to the rails to let riders know about the transit agency’s new train schedule that starts this Thursday.

02/10/2015

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

Traffic Bottlenecks Will Persist on Ben Franklin Bridge Into Late October

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.

08/29/2014

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

Patco Switches Track Reconstruction to Westbound Side of Ben Franklin Bridge

Single-tracking and lane blockages will take place for the next couple of months, this time to replace tracks and railroad ties on the northern side of the span.

08/22/2014

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

Shutdown Of PATCO Train Track Across Ben Franklin Bridge Begins Friday!

Riders who have dealt with the headache on Fridays and weekends since February will now have them 24/7, through the end of July.

05/29/2014

(The Walt Whitman Bridge, operated by the Delaware River Port Authority.  File photo)

Highway Officials Clearing Access to Alternative Del. River Bridges as Ben Franklin Project Begins

One obstacle on the Pennsylvania side of the Walt Whitman is about to disappear.

05/22/2014

(A Patco train crosses the Benjamin Franklin Bridge.  File photo by KYW's John Ostapkovich)

Patco Admits Little Success So Far in Booking Shuttle Buses During BFB Rail Replacement

The summer will be critical, as trains will be placed on a single track across the Ben Franklin Bridge for two months, beginning just after Memorial Day.

05/09/2014

(credit: Chopper 3)

DRPA: Component To Construction Work Fell From Ben Franklin Bridge

Around 12 p.m., a piece of the safety equipment that goes under the rail fell onto I-676 WB where it splits from I-95 NB.

05/09/2014

(A Patco train crosses the Benjamin Franklin Bridge.  File photo by KYW's John Ostapkovich)

Patco Starting Two Years of Track Work on Ben Franklin Bridge

Riders might want to get themselves acquainted with new schedules for the high speed line that take effect this Saturday, because there will be delays.

01/17/2014

(BOY, YOU'RE GONNA CARRY THAT WEIGHT.  Currently, bicyclists crossing the Ben Franklin Bridge must carry their bikes up or down a three-story staircase at the Camden end.  A ramp is planned.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Ramp To Replace Stairs For Ben Franklin Bridge Pedestrians and Cyclists

Nowadays, if you take your bike across the south walkway of the Ben Franklin bridge, you’ll have to carry it up or down about three flights of stairs at the Camden end.

11/16/2013

(A vacant lot in Old City, left, where owner Jeffrey Brown wants to build a high-rise that exceeds Old City height rules.  File photo by John McDevitt)

Phila. Lawmakers Move Old City Zoning Changes Forward

A City Council committee has agreed to relax zoning restrictions in a portion of Old City near the Benjamin Franklin Bridge.

05/14/2013

(Philadelphia city councilman Mark Squilla.  File image from City of Phila. TV)

After Veto, Councilman Drops Plan For Huge Billboard Near Vine St. Expressway

Councilman Mark Squilla says he lacks clarification on whether a wall wrap on the old Electric Factory building would, as opponents claimed, jeopardize federal highway funding.

01/31/2013

(Credit: John McDevitt)

Small Boat Fire Under Ben Franklin Bridge Causes Smoke and Odor For Passersby

A small pleasure boat docked near Dave and Buster’s, at the foot of Spring Garden Street, burned.

04/26/2012

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