Wissahickon Memorial Bridge

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Wissahickon Memorial Bridge
Crosses Wissahickon Creek
Locale Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Maintained by City of Philadelphia
Total length 333 feet (101 m)
Width 60 feet (18 m)
Height 170 feet (52 m)
Longest span 288 feet (88 m)
Construction cost $1,648,775
Opened May 1932
Wissahickon Memorial Bridge
Wissahickon Memorial Bridge is located in Pennsylvania
Wissahickon Memorial Bridge
Location Henry Avenue over Wissahickon Creek and Lincoln Drive
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 40°1′27″N 75°11′46″W / 40.02417°N 75.19611°W / 40.02417; -75.19611Coordinates: 40°1′27″N 75°11′46″W / 40.02417°N 75.19611°W / 40.02417; -75.19611
Built 1931
Architect Paul Philippe Cret,
Ralph Modjeski
MPS Highway Bridges Owned by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Transportation TR
NRHP Reference # 88000807[1]
Added to NRHP June 22, 1988

The Wissahickon Memorial Bridge, originally called and still also known as the Henry Avenue Bridge, is a stone and concrete bridge that carries Henry Avenue over Wissahickon Creek and Lincoln Drive in Fairmount Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

It is a two-ribbed, open-spandrel, reinforced concrete arch bridge with one principal span. It was designed in 1927 by Paul Philippe Cret, a nationally acclaimed Philadelphia architect, in collaboration with Frank M. Masters, engineered by Ralph Modjeski and Clement E. Chase. It was completed in May 1932 at a cost of $1,648,775. It was designed to accommodate a lower deck for subway cars (never built). Shortly after its completion, it was renamed the Wissahickon Memorial Bridge and was dedicated to the people of Philadelphia's northwest neighborhoods who served in World War I.

The bridge is 333 feet long, with a main span of 288 feet. Its 60-ft-wide roadway carries two lanes of traffic in each direction. The roadway is approximately 170 feet above the ground.[2] The bridge was repaved and repaired between 2008 and late 2010.

The bridge has been known as a suicide bridge since its opening. Beginning in 1941 for an unknown duration of time a policeman patrolled the span, questioning all pedestrians walking the bridge.[3]

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.

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  1. ^ Staff (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "STATION POLICEMAN ON SUICIDE BRIDGE", Painesville Telegraph, December 6, 1941, accessed February 18, 2011.

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