Monday, May 10, 2010

Ben Franklin Bridge South Walkway Closed For Repairs

Beginning Monday, May 10, through Monday, May 24, the Benjamin Franklin Bridge south walkway will be closed to provide access to DRPA personnel making fiber optic repairs. During the closure, the north walkway will be open. Walkway hours are 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., daily. (10PM from May 17-21st for bike week)

Cattle Chute - North Walkway Ben Franklin Bridge

On its approach to the Camden staircase the North Walkway narrows into a 800 foot long catwalk or "cattle chute" that sometimes require bicyclists (or polite pedestrians) to back up and let people going the opposite way pass. On the other hand the view is different, most notably the demolition of the Riverfront State Prison and the emerging Sugar House property.


Marc Hummel said...

There's a casino going up over there?

Peter said...

I wish we could convince DRPA to widen the deck at the Camden end of the North walkway. It seems like they could do this for small change, given that the deck supports are there, it just lacks decking.

They need to switch traffic to this deck often enough that I think it is worth it.

There is another cattle chute after you go down the steps on this side. You have to go along a chain-link fencing corridor for about 1/2 block on the sidewalk. Not the safest thing is a moderate crime area.

Andy B from Jersey said...

Waiting for the day John writes a post titled "Ben Franklin Bridge North Walkway Close for Deck Up-Grades."

Just hope that I'll be alive to read about it.

g0rdy said...

That side of the bridge is probably the most dangerous area in the U.S. Using the north side and then walking under the bridge (in camden) is the scariest thing I have ever seen. I have no idea why the south side is so often closed off. Watch yourselves on that side.