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Benjamin Franklin Bridge

Ben Franklin Bridge, viewed from Penn's Landing. Note train on lower level.

General Information

Structural Type: Suspension bridge
Function / usage: Tramway, light or metro rail bridge
Road bridge
Built: 1922 - 1926
Status: in use

Geographic Information & Related Structures

Location: Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA, North America
Camden, Camden County, New Jersey, USA, North America
Crosses
  • Delaware River
Part of:

Technical Information

Dimensions

main span 533.75 m
total length 972.6 m
span lengths 218.4 m - 972.6 m - 218.4 m
clearance 41.1 m
number of lanes 7

Materials

cables steel
deck steel
pylons steel

Chronology

6 January 1922

Construction begins.

1 July 1926

Opened to traffic.

Participants

Design
Architecture
Consulting engineers
Construction
Cables

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Internal Information
Structure-ID: s0000531
Created: 20/11/1999
Last Updated: 07/10/2013