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Released: 9/25/2008 

Walt Whitman Bridge Deleading And Painting Project Moves Forward

Surface preparation and painting work is scheduled to begin next week on the nine deck trusses of the New Jersey approaches to the Walt Whitman Bridge.  Workers will be in a special containment system as they remove the existing lead paint from the deck trusses.

This is the second phase of the De-leading and Painting Project on the Walt Whitman Bridge.  The first phase involved the approaches on the Pennsylvania side of the river.  Future phases will involve the towers and the bridge span itself.

According to DRPA CEO, John J. Matheussen, “This project is virtually identical to what’s taking place now on the Philadelphia side of the Ben Franklin Bridge.  We want to make sure the public is informed of what’s taking place every step of the way.”

DRPA Chief Engineer, Bill Books, says “This project will provide the proper level of corrosion protection to extend the life of the structure.”

The project is scheduled to be completed in just about a year, (September of 2009), at a cost of over $10-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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