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Released: 7/11/2008 

Ben Franklin Bridge Surface Prep And Steel Painting To Begin

The Delaware River Port Authority is in the final phase of the Ben Franklin Bridge Steel Painting Project.  The final phase is focusing on the Philadelphia approach to the bridge.

Surface preparation and painting will begin the week of July 14th.

The DRPA has established a toll free hotline which can be accessed 24 hours a day 7 days a week throughout the entire project to register any concerns or obtain additional information.  The phone number for the hotline is 1-866-321-2475.  Monday through Friday the number to call between 9:00am and 5:00pm is  215-218-3750 ext. 2255.  The DRPA can also be contacted using our online contact form. Information on the project is also posted on the DRPA website,

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

The project should be completed by the end of next year at a cost of around $20-million. 

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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