Bridges

WALT WHITMAN BRIDGE

The Walt Whitman Bridge is a suspension bridge across the Delaware River connecting Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Gloucester City, New Jersey.

  • Connects: Philadelphia to Gloucester City, NJ
  • Initial Investment: $86.9 million
  • Began Construction: August 1953
  • Opened to Traffic: May 16, 1957
  • 2020 Two Way Traffic: 29.6 million vehicles
    • During 2020, bridge traffic was significantly impacted for the period from mid-March through December, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • 2019 Two Way Traffic: 40.3 million vehicles
  • Number of Lanes: 7
  • Modes of Transportation: 1. The bridge provides vehicular lanes only.
  • Width: 79' travel lanes (curb to curb)
  • Length: 11,981' (abutment to abutment)
  • Navigable channel width: 800'
  • Navigable channel depth: 40'
  • Structural steel weight: 57,674 tons
  • Foundation type: Caisson (main piers), and piles (approach piers)
  • Type of connection: Weld (shop) and bolt (field)
  • Roadway surface: Asphalt
  • Type of paint: Urethane Alkyd

DIRECTIONS


TRAVEL ADVISORIES

Scheduled construction work: I-76 Corridor Rehabilitation

Monday-Friday:

  • 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. -- 4 lanes to PA; 2 lanes to NJ
  • 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. -- 2 lanes to PA; 3 lanes to NJ

PROJECTS

I-76 CORRIDOR REHABILITATION

$74.1M | Currently in progess

A multi-year project to rehabilitate nearly two miles of I-76 in South Philadelphia between the bridge's toll plaza and Passyunk Avenue.

Details

WALT WHITMAN BRIDGE PAINTING

$73.4M | Completed

A project to blast clean and paint the towers, suspension spans and more.

Details

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