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Released: 5/12/2008 

Traffic Restrictions To Begin On Commodore Barry Bridge

On Monday, May 19th, lane closures will begin on the Commodore Barry Bridge as an eight-million dollar deck joint replacement project begins.

Three lanes of the bridge will be open at all times during the construction. Two lanes will be open westbound during the morning rush hour while two lanes will be open eastbound during the afternoon rush hour. Also, wide load traffic will be restricted Monday through Friday. No wide loads will be allowed to travel eastbound until after 12 Noon while westbound wide loads will not be allowed after 10:30am.

In addition, the ramp from the bridge westbound to Flower Street in Chester will be closed for two months.

According to DRPA CEO, John J. Matheussen, “This is part of an overall maintenance program designed to keep all of our bridges in top condition.”

DRPA Chief Engineer, William Brooks, adds, “this project needs to be completed in a timely manner so PENNDOT can build new ramps connecting the Commodore Barry Bridge with the Chester, Pennsylvania, waterfront.”

The project is expected to last seven months.

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

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