Tacony–Palmyra Bridge

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Tacony-Palmyra Bridge
Tacony Palmyra Bridge.jpg
Bridge as seen from the New Jersey shoreline
Official name Tacony-Palmyra Bridge
Carries 3 lanes of PA 73 and Route 73, and 2 sidewalks
Crosses Delaware River
Locale Philadelphia (Tacony), Pennsylvania and Palmyra, New Jersey
Maintained by Burlington County Bridge Commission
ID number 3000001 (NJ), 677301999100150 (PA)
Design Steel Arch bridge with bascule opening
Total length 3,569 feet (1115.3 meters)
Width 38 feet (11.6 meters)
Vertical clearance 14.5 feet (4.42 meters)
Clearance below Arch = 64 feet (19.5 meters)
Bascule = 55 feet (11.8 meters)
Opened August 14, 1929; 84 years ago (August 14, 1929)
Toll $2.00 (westbound) (E-ZPass)
Daily traffic 50,000 (1999)
Coordinates 40°00′47″N 75°02′36″W / 40.01299°N 75.04335°W / 40.01299; -75.04335Coordinates: 40°00′47″N 75°02′36″W / 40.01299°N 75.04335°W / 40.01299; -75.04335
View from the roadway, with drawbridge signs

The Tacony–Palmyra Bridge is a combination steel arch, double-leaf bascule bridge across the Delaware River, connecting New Jersey Route 73 in Palmyra, New Jersey and Pennsylvania Route 73 in the Tacony section of Philadelphia. The bridge has a total length of 3,659 feet (1,115 m) and spans 2,324 feet (708 m). It was designed by Polish-born architect Ralph Modjeski. After one and a half years of construction, it opened in 1929 to replace the local ferry service. Though it opened as a four-lane bridge, the lanes were reduced in a 1996–97 1½-year bridge deck-replacement project to three wider lanes (two toll lanes northwestward into Philadelphia, and one free lane southeastward into New Jersey). The bascule draw span is located immediately southeast of the main, arched span.

The bridge is owned and maintained by the Burlington County Bridge Commission. The bridge has a $2 toll, which can be paid using E-ZPass.[1] Despite interruptions due to openings for passing shipping traffic (the Delaware River is navigable as far as Van Sciver Lake near Bristol, Pennsylvania), it serves as a lower-cost alternative to the six-lane, high-span Betsy Ross Bridge, which charges $5 for the westward crossing.

A walkway on the bridge is open to pedestrian and bicycle traffic.

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