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Released: 5/11/2009 

DRPA Open Houses On Ben Franklin Bridge West Side Traffic Mitigation Study

The Delaware River Port Authority is nearing completion of its Ben Franklin Bridge West Side Traffic Mitigation Study to improve travel times across the Ben Franklin Bridge into Philadelphia’s downtown area and Vine Street.  Various ways to improve traffic flow will be outlined during the open houses.  There will be one open house in Camden and another in Philadelphia.

Open House Schedule:

  • Tuesday, May 19, 5:30-7:30pm, at the Ben Franklin Bridge Administration Building on the North side of the toll plaza, 6th and Linden Streets, in Camden. 
  • Thursday, May 21, 5:30-7:30pm, at the Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service and Education Center at 213 N. 4th Street.

DRPA CEO, John J. Matheussen, says “these open houses are designed for the morning commuters on the Ben Franklin Bridge, the Vine Street Expressway and Vine Street Local to learn about proposals designed to address some of the problems facing drivers heading into Philadelphia.  Those who use the Ben Franklin Bridge or live on nearby streets in Philadelphia are encouraged to attend and see first hand the proposals now under consideration.”

DRPA Chief Engineer, Bill Brooks, says “research indicates traffic volumes and congestion are expected to increase over the next 20 years resulting in significant delays and negative impacts to the quality of life in the region.”
 
The goal of the traffic study has been the deployment of an implementation plan consisting of immediate, short term and long term projects designed to ease congestion during the morning commute over the next 25 years.

The Delaware River Port Authority is a regional transportation agency.  DRPA owns and operates the Benjamin Franklin, Walt Whitman, Commodore Barry and Betsy Ross Bridges, PATCO and the Philadelphia Cruise Terminal.  The DRPA also owns the RiverLink Ferry.


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