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Released: 6/25/2019 

Barrier Wall Replacement Project on Ben Franklin Bridge Comes to an End

Workers wrap-up four-year long plan to overhaul movable barrier

Workers with the Ben Franklin Bridge Highway Department recently wrapped up a labor-intensive project that replaced the entire movable barrier wall on the historic bridge.

Over the past four years, workers gradually replaced the entire old concrete movable barrier wall with upgraded steel shell concrete-filled segments. The work on the barrier wall, which is nearly two miles in length, was replaced segment by segment.

The replacement work had to be done over select weekends during the four years and it was completed on June 23, 2019. The work was done on weekends to minimize impact on traffic.

The concrete barrier separates the eastbound and westbound traffic on the bridge and it is moved several times a day by a Road Zipper machine to accommodate the traffic flow demand.

This was a planned multi-year capital project entirely by in-house DRPA Highway Department forces with material procurement cost of $7.3 million.

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