Two opening ceremonies were held for the bridge: A July 1st ceremony which opened the bridge to 100,000 pedestrians. Here is a Scenes from Old Philadelphia link to a few great photo of the opening of the bridge (see the first 10 photos). The second opening ceremony was on Monday, July 5, 1926 for Calvin Coolidge, the President of the United States.
When our grandson, Ryan arrived from New York with his family for a visit, he had two requests. To walk across the Benjamin Franklin Bridge and to go fishing with PopPop.
Today was beautiful, so we put on our sneakers and set out for a long day of walking.
We began by parking near Rutgers College campus in Camden, New Jersey. We walked to the base of the south side of the Ben Franklin bridge that was opened July 1, 1926 and originally named The Delaware River Bridge which connects Camden, New Jersey to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania..
Ready to climb the steps to begin our trek
top of the steps
and ready to go across the Delaware River
The sun was bright and hot and we could feel the vibration of the cars and trucks right away. The bridge carries more than 100,00 vehicles a day and the PATCO trains carries 40,000 rail commuters over the bridge each day.
There is a noticeable incline heading to the middle of the river that looked to be a challenge to the bikers. Then a similar descent on the other side.
Looking down on the Camden side
during our walk we saw other walkers, runners and bikers
enjoying the view
one of the towers
looking towards Penn’s Landing
A view of the USS Battleship New Jersey, the Riverlink Ferry
The center span of the bridge is 1,750 feet from tower to tower.
The bridge is 135 feet above the river.
Total weight of the bridge is 763,491 tons, which includes structural steel and masonry.
area at the top provides a great lookout down the Delaware
The bridge toll in 1926 was .25 for a car, .15 for a horse and rider and .30 for a horse-drawn carriage
When opened in 1926, the bridge held the title of world’s longest suspension bridge.
The bridge was designed to accommodate six lanes of traffic, two tracks for subway/elevated trains, two track areas for streetcar/trolley operation, and two walkways for pedestrians. The walkways are one of the more popular parts of the bridge for bicycle riders, walkers, and people jogging across the bridge.
looking back toward Camden
rails where trains travel
chillin’ for a bit
almost to the end
Lightning Bolt at the base of the bridge is a 101-feet tall, stainless steel sculpture depicting a bolt of lightning, a kite, and a key.