John Harris Bridge

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John Harris Bridge/South Bridge
Coordinates 40°14′53″N 76°52′40″W / 40.2481°N 76.8778°W / 40.2481; -76.8778Coordinates: 40°14′53″N 76°52′40″W / 40.2481°N 76.8778°W / 40.2481; -76.8778
Carries I-83 (Capital Beltway)
Crosses Susquehanna River
Locale Cumberland County, Pennsylvania and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Other name(s) South Bridge
Maintained by Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
Characteristics
Width 7 traffic lanes[1]
History
Opened January 22, 1960
Statistics
Daily traffic 117,000 daily (2003)[2]

The John Harris Bridge, also known locally as the South Bridge, carries Interstate 83 and the Capital Beltway across the Susquehanna River connecting downtown Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and its western suburbs in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. The bridge officially opened on January 22, 1960 and was later widened to six lanes. It was named in honor of John Harris, the founder of the city of Harrisburg.[3] Since 1997, the bridge was designated to carry the Capital Beltway which loops the Harrisburg metropolitan area.

In 2015, as part of a nearby reconstruction project, a fourth northbound lane was opened, for a total of seven traffic lanes.[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Boeckel, Theresa. "Second Lane to Harrisburg to Soon Open at I-83/Route 581 Interchange, New Bridge to be Set". York Daily Record. Retrieved August 2, 2015. 
  2. ^ I-83 Beltway Master Plan Archived 2011-07-12 at the Wayback Machine., Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Accessed January 31, 2010.
  3. ^ Harrisburg Area Riverboat Society (November 29, 2006). "Bridges on the Susquehanna River". harrisburgriverboat.com. Retrieved 2006-11-29.