Girard Point Bridge

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Girard Point Bridge
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Girard Point Bridge, looking east towards the Delaware River (Note covering at right for repainting work in July 2010)
Coordinates 39°53′33″N 75°11′49″W / 39.8925°N 75.197°W / 39.8925; -75.197Coordinates: 39°53′33″N 75°11′49″W / 39.8925°N 75.197°W / 39.8925; -75.197
Carries Six lanes of I-95
(three upper, three lower)
Crosses Schuylkill River
Locale Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Maintained by Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
Characteristics
Design Double-decked cantilever bridge
History
Construction begin 1968; 47 years ago (1968)
Construction end 1973; 42 years ago (1973)[1]
Statistics
Toll None

The Girard Point Bridge is a double-decked cantilever bridge carrying Interstate 95 across the Schuylkill River in the American city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The bridge was opened in 1973.[2] It is the last crossing of the Schuylkill River, which empties into the Delaware River less than half a mile downstream.

History[edit]

Construction and renovation in 2010 and 2011[edit]

The renovation of the Girard Point Bridge as of September 2010.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation selected Buckley and Co. as the main contractor and a joint venture between Alpha-Liberty Painting as the paint contractor. The bridge deck was milled and a new surface was poured and the structural steel is being painted in order to extend the life of the steel. Work finished in the fall of 2011, but restarted in 2012 for expansion-joint replacement.[3]

In popular culture[edit]

In the 2012 version of the Need for Speed:Most Wanted video game, there is a similar-style bridge but it was changed to resemble the Queensboro Bridge in New York City, New York and the old eastern span of Oakland Bay Bridge and is re-painted to look like Outerbridge Crossing.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Staff. "Projects and Paychecks: Pennsylvania" (PDF FORMAT). AASHTO Transportation Recovery. American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, Washington, DC. Retrieved July 4, 2011. 
  2. ^ S.J. Groves & Sons Co. v. Warner Co., 576 F.2d 524 (3rd Cir. 1978) [1].
  3. ^ [2].