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Released: 11/1/2010 

Ben Franklin Bridge November Lighting


Delaware River Port Authority CEO, John J. Matheussen, has announced the Ben Franklin Bridge in November will have special lighting to promote awareness of diabetes, epilepsy, the March of Dimes and prematurity awareness month as well as celebrating Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving.

On November 14 the bridge will have blue lighting for World Diabetes Day. 

During November 15-24, lighting of the bridge will be purple in support of prematurity and epilepsy awareness. During the week of November 15-20 the purple lighting is designed to bring awareness to prematurity. According to the March of Dimes, 543,000 babies are born too soon each year. Prematurity accounts for almost half of hospital charges for infants. In about 40% of premature births, the causes are unknown. The March of Dimes is funding medical studies to find the answers. Between November 21 and 24 the purple lighting will be for epilepsy awareness. The Epilepsy Foundation of Eastern Pennsylvania provides education, support and advocacy for people with epilepsy. 

On November 11 the bridge will have red, white and blue lighting in honor of Veteran’s Day. 

From November 25 thru 28, the bridge will have yellow and orange lighting to mark the annual observance of Thanksgiving. 

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, and PATCO, the Philadelphia Cruise Terminal and the RiverLink Ferry.


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