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Released: 5/12/2008 

DRPA to Hold Two Open House Public Meeting on Morning Traffic Congestion on the Ben Franklin Bridge and Vine Street Expressway

The Delaware River Port Authority is conducting the Ben Franklin Bridge West Side Traffic Mitigation Study to improve the efficiency of travel across the Ben Franklin Bridge into Philadelphia’s downtown area and Vine Street. The study will address the traffic issues posed by the complex network of streets, signalized intersections and highway ramps that await motorists exiting the Ben Franklin Bridge weekdays mornings in Philadelphia.

DRPA will hold Open House Public Meetings to discuss the results of the traffic study, to review the alternatives under consideration, and to answer questions from the public. Two identical meetings will be conducted; one in Center City Philadelphia and the other in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. The meeting will feature an open house format and visitors are welcome anytime between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. Meeting information is detailed below:

•Wednesday, May 28: Friends Select School, 1651 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

•Thursday, May 29: Cherry Hill Public Library, 1100 Kings Highway, Cherry Hill

“These meetings are designed for the morning commuters on the Ben Franklin Bridge and Vine Street to learn the causes and to identify possible remedies for traffic congestion,” said John J. Matheussen, DRPA Chief Executive Officer. “We encourage the people who use the bridge and those who live on nearby streets to attend the open house public meetings to gain an understanding of the study goals and to provide input to the Project Team.”

The Project Team is led by McCormick Taylor, Inc., a Philadelphia-based consulting engineering firm.

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, PATCO, the Philadelphia Cruise Terminal and the RiverLink Ferry.

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