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Betsy Ross Bridge


Betsy Ross Bridge

Photo taken by Adam Elmquist

View this photo at panoramio.com

BH Photo #259506

Street View 


Part of the foundation consists of headstones removed from a cemetery condemned by the city and given to Temple University to create a parking lot.


Brief history and description 

Written by D. Thomsen

The Betsy Ross Bridge is a continuous truss bridge spanning the Delaware River from Philadelphia to Pennsauken, New Jersey. It was originally planned as the Delair Bridge, after a paralleling vertical lift bridge owned by Pennsylvania Railroad (now used by Conrail and NJ Transit's Atlantic City Line), but was instead named for Betsy Ross, reputed creator of the first American flag, making it only the second bridge in the United States to be named after a woman (after Iowa's Kate Shelley High Bridge in 1912).

Construction began in 1969, completed 1973, bridge opened April, 1976.


Truss bridge on NJ 90 over Delaware River, Richmond Street, River Road, Hedley Street
Pennsauken, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
Open to traffic
Built 1973
- Delaware River Port Authority
- Norfolk Southern Railway (NS)
Continuous truss bridge
Length of largest span: 729.0 ft.
Total length: 8,487.3 ft. (1.6 mi.)
Deck width: 87.9 ft.
Also called
Ross Memorial Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.98500, -75.06833   (decimal degrees)
39°59'06" N, 75°04'06" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/494165/4426094 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2005)
Inventory numbers
PA 67 7301 0090 0120 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
BH 45891 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2008)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 78 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • May 8, 2020: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • July 21, 2015: Updated by Stephen Greer: Added category "Delaware River"
  • July 13, 2013: Photo imported by Dave King
  • July 21, 2011: New Street View added by Stephen Greer
  • August 14, 2010: Updated by D. Thomsen: Norfolk Southern Railway


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