With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Walking the Ben Franklin Bridge

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Walking the Ben Franklin Bridge

When our grandson, Ryan arrived from New York with his family for a visit, he had two requests.  To walk across the Benjamin Franklin Bridge and to go fishing with PopPop.
Today was beautiful, so we put on our sneakers and set out for a long day of walking.
 We began by parking near Rutgers College campus in Camden, New Jersey.  We walked to the base of the south side of the Ben Franklin bridge that was opened July 1, 1926 and originally named The Delaware River Bridge which connects Camden, New Jersey to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania..
 Ready to climb the steps to begin our trek
 top of the steps
 and ready to go across the Delaware River
 The sun was bright and hot and we could feel the vibration of the cars and trucks right away.  The bridge carries more than 100,00 vehicles a day and the PATCO trains  carries 40,000 rail commuters over the bridge each day. 
There is a noticeable incline heading to the middle of the river that looked to be a challenge to the bikers.  Then a similar descent on the other side.
Looking down on the Camden side
during our walk we saw other walkers, runners and bikers
enjoying the view
one of the towers
 looking towards Penn's Landing
 A view of the USS Battleship New Jersey, the Riverlink Ferry
 The center span of the bridge is 1,750 feet from tower to tower.
 The bridge is 135 feet above the river.
Total weight of the bridge is 763,491 tons, which includes structural steel and masonry.
The bridge is 8,300 feet long from end to end and about a mile and a half in each direction.
area at the top provides a great lookout down the Delaware
 The bridge toll in 1926 was .25 for a car, .15 for a horse and rider and .30 for a horse-drawn carriage
 When opened in 1926, the bridge held the title of world's longest suspension bridge.
The bridge was designed to accommodate six lanes of traffic, two tracks for subway/elevated trains, two track areas for streetcar/trolley operation, and two walkways for pedestrians. The walkways are one of the more popular parts of the bridge for bicycle riders, walkers, and people jogging across the bridge.
 looking back toward Camden
rails where trains travel
 chillin' for a bit
 almost to the end
Lightning Bolt at the base of the bridge is a 101-feet tall, stainless steel sculpture depicting a bolt of lightning, a kite, and a key.

Two opening ceremonies were held for the bridge: A July 1st ceremony which opened the bridge to 100,000 pedestrians.  Here is a Scenes from Old Philadelphia link to a few great photo of the opening of the bridge (see the first 10 photos).  The second opening ceremony was on Monday, July 5, 1926 for Calvin Coolidge, the President of the United States.

Source for Bridge stats: Delaware River Port Authority

~ Our return route posted here ~

Linking to The Tablescaper's Oh, the PLACES I've been


Adrienne said...

It was fun to 'walk' the bridge with you. I did something like this a few years ago when we walked the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. I love bridges - they give such a different perspective when we walk them.

Blackberry Lane said...

I enjoyed seeing your pics. Looks like a lot of fun!

Barbara F. said...

Fabulous photos, Lorraine. I enjoyed them. xo

SarahGeorge said...

Lovely photos Lorraine. Great details. It really amazes me, how well planned the construction is, suiting today's traffic needs as well. Thanks for sharing! :).

Bev said...

Beautiful pictures...and that is one great walk!!!

Pondside said...

That was a great view of a legendary city! I'll bet it was a wonderful day.

Debbie Petras said...

Although I've never been on this bridge, I now feel as though I have. I love your photos and background information. Enjoy your visit!

Blessings and love,

EMMA said...

What a big bridge, it must have taken a long time to build.
Lovely photos of some great views.

NanaDiana said...

Wow- What a great bridge. I grew up in PA and never went over that bridge that I can remember. What a fun day with family. The views are amazing. I don't know how much I would like feeling all those vibrations walking though- xo Diana

Ann said...

wow, that's an impressive bridge. I wouldn't mind taking that walk

Cyn said...

how neat, know what I love about blogging the most? I feel like I get to see the world.

Lynn@Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

How neat! I've driven over it and boated under it many times, walking across never crossed my mind! Lovin' your G-Son's T-Shirt:@)

Gypsy Heart said...

Beautiful photos and very interesting outing! Thanks for sharing ~


Gypsy Heart said...

Beautiful photos and very interesting outing! Thanks for sharing ~


Melissa Bo said...

Looks like a very interesting walk!
Love the photos ( though..Im a little scared of heights.. ) =D

Laurie said...

What a treat for me to see such a fine bridge and to see the area from this view, as I have never been there. Your pictures show the views perfectly and capture your family's fun adventure beautifully!

Michele {Malaysian Meanders} said...

This looks like a good walk with wonderful views. Coming to you from the Tablescaper linkup.

cicada5001 said...

Jamie and I walked over the north walkway some 45 years ago. We were the only walkers on the bridge.
Very good to see the walkways renovated, opened, and used. Impressive views.


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