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Released: 4/7/2008 

DRPA Holds Public Meeting On Ben Franklin Bridge Painting Project

The Delaware River Port Authority is ready to begin the fifth and final phase of the Ben Franklin Bridge steel painting project. In preparation for the start of the project, DRPA will hold a Public Meeting on Monday, April 14, 2008 to describe the painting of the Philadelphia approach spans of the Ben Franklin Bridge. The meeting will be held at the Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine Street, in Old City from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

The meeting agenda includes a presentation on the schedule and technical description of the painting work; discussion of the steps that will be taken to minimize impacts to neighbors; and a question and answer session.

DRPA Chief Executive Officer, John J. Matheussen says “The Authority remains committed to keeping the public informed about the final phase of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge Steel Painting Project and will continue to work hard to cause as little inconvenience as possible.”

The project is expected to take about two years to complete at a cost of $20-million.

The Delaware River Port Authority is a regional transportation and development agency. DRPA owns and operates the Benjamin Franklin, Walt Whitman, Commodore Barry and Betsy Ross bridges, PATCO, the Philadelphia Cruise Terminal and the RiverLink Ferry.

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