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Benjamin Franklin Bridge


Benjamin Franklin Bridge (Looking North)

Here is a view of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge looking north. Philadelphia, PA is off to the left while Camden, NJ is off to the right.

Photo taken by Ian Ligget in August 2010


BH Photo #171961

Street Views 


Suspension bridge over Delaware River on I-676/US 30 in Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, and Camden County, New Jersey
Open to traffic
Built 1926; rehabilitated 1984
- Delaware River Port Authority
- Leon Moisseiff of Riga, Latvia
- Paul P. Cret
- Ralph Modjeski of Bochnia, Poland (Chief Engineer)
- PATCO Speedline (PATCO)
- Rapid Transit
Wire suspension
Length of largest span: 1,750.1 ft.
Total length: 8,170.3 ft. (1.5 mi.)
Deck width: 77.8 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 16.8 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Delaware River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.95333, -75.13500   (decimal degrees)
39°57'12" N, 75°08'06" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/488468/4422586 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 1991)
Inventory numbers
PA 67 7301 0676 0000 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
BH 31509 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2008)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 36.8 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • March 5, 2022: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • December 17, 2020: New photo from Ian Nelson
  • July 27, 2020: New photos from Nick Boppel
  • December 4, 2019: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • April 10, 2017: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Paul P. Cret"
  • April 21, 2015: Updated by Luke: Added categories "PATCO Speedline", "Railroad", "Rapid Transit"
  • April 7, 2015: Photo imported by Dave King
  • July 9, 2014: New photos from Andrew Raker
  • December 22, 2013: New photos from Patrick S. O'Donnell
  • July 3, 2013: Photo imported by Dave King
  • August 14, 2010: Updated by D. Thomsen: Overview details
  • August 5, 2010: New photos from Ian Ligget
  • May 12, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth



Benjamin Franklin Bridge
Posted August 14, 2010, by D. Thomsen (dcthomsen [at] comcast [dot] net)

The Benjamin Franklin Bridge and the Delaware River Bridge are the same bridge. How can they be combined into a single entry?

Delaware River Bridge
Posted May 12, 2008, by Bill Flis (flis [at] detk [dot] com)

This is the original name of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, which is also listed here.

Benjamin Franklin Bridge
Posted August 5, 2007, by Kevin Wong (R36Redbird [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The Ben Franklin Bridge opened July 1, 1926 and was designed and built by Ralph Modjeski (of Manhattan Bridge fame).

In addition to 7 traffic lanes, the bridges carries a pedestrian path and PATCO rapid transit/commuter trains