University Avenue Bridge

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University Avenue Bridge
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Coordinates 39°56′30″N 75°11′52″W / 39.94167°N 75.19778°W / 39.94167; -75.19778Coordinates: 39°56′30″N 75°11′52″W / 39.94167°N 75.19778°W / 39.94167; -75.19778
Carries University Avenue
Crosses Schuylkill River
Locale Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Official name University Avenue Bridge
Owner Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, 1961, formerly City of Philadelphia
Maintained by PennDOT
Design Beaux-Arts Double leaf bascule bridge
Material steel, limestone, concrete, bronze
Total length 536 feet (163 m)
Width 100 feet (30 m)
No. of spans 4
Piers in water 4
Clearance below 30 feet (9.1 m)
Designer Paul Philippe Cret, architect, and Stephen H. Noyes, engineer
Constructed by Dravo Contracting Company
Construction begin 1925
Construction end 1930
Opened 1930
University Avenue Bridge
University Avenue Bridge is located in Pennsylvania
University Avenue Bridge
Location Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 39°56′30″N 75°11′52″W / 39.94167°N 75.19778°W / 39.94167; -75.19778
Built 1927–1933
Architect Paul Philippe Cret
Architectural style Beaux Arts
NRHP Reference # 94000515[1]
Added to NRHP May 26, 1994

The University Avenue Bridge is a double-leaf bascule bridge crossing the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The four-lane bridge links University Avenue in West Philadelphia with South 34th Street in the Grays Ferry section of South Philadelphia. It measures 536 feet (163 m) long, 100 feet (30 m) wide, and clears the water by 30 feet (9.1 m).[2]

Built in 1930, the bridge was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on May 26, 1994.[3]


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  1. ^ National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "University City Bridge, University City Historical Society". Retrieved 2008-05-20. 
  3. ^ Steffe, Michael J. (1994-04-26). "UNIVERSITY AVENUE BRIDGE Paul Philippe Cret, architect". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. Retrieved 2010-07-10. The much more recent Passyunk Avenue Bridge, and the University Avenue Bridge remain the only two extant double leaf bascule type drawbridges on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia. 

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