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Seven-Lane Traffic Returns to Walt Whitman Bridge; DRPA Expects Re-decking Project to End Later this Year
The multi-month bridge deck renovation project is in its final stages. The bridge speed limit remains at 35 mph during scheduled work hours but increases to 45 mph at times of the day when no construction is underway. Fines for speeding are doubled in the construction zones. Construction will be interrupted and lanes adjusted as needed to accommodate scheduled events at the South Philadelphia stadiums.
During peak traffic periods, motorists are advised to consider using the Ben Franklin Bridge, the Commodore Barry Bridge or PATCO.
- 6 a.m. to 3:30 p.m – 2 lanes to Pennsylvania and 3 lanes to New Jersey
- 3 lanes to Pennsylvania and 4 lanes to New Jersey
Monday (12/9) through Friday (12/13)
- 5 a.m. to 10 a.m – 4 lanes to Pennsylvania and 3 lanes to New Jersey
- 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. – minimum 2 lanes to New Jersey
- 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. – minimum 2 lanes in each direction
- Walt Whitman Bridge opened to traffic on May 16, 1957.
- The DRPA Board of Commissioners approved two contracts totaling $139,774,286.67 to both redeck the bridge and monitor construction of the project on May 19, 2010.
- A $128,085,778.00 construction contract was awarded to the American Bridge Company of Coraopolis, PA
- An $11,688,508.67 construction monitoring contract was awarded to the joint venture of Urban Engineers Inc./URS Corporation of Philadelphia.
- The redecking project will result in an entirely new deck over the Delaware River including the removal of the suspended span, installation of a new lightweight concrete filled jointless grid deck, structure improvements, new parapets and a new steel shell moveable barrier.
- 6 lanes out of a total of 7 lanes will be open for traffic during the construction.