Girard Point Bridge

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Girard Point Bridge
Phila Girard Point Bridge11.png
Girard Point Bridge, looking east towards the Delaware River (Note covering at right for repainting work in July 2010)
CarriesSix lanes of I-95
(three upper, three lower)
CrossesSchuylkill River
LocalePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Maintained byPennsylvania Department of Transportation
DesignDouble-decked cantilever bridge
Construction begin1968; 46 years ago (1968)
Construction end1973; 41 years ago (1973)[1]
TollNone
Coordinates39°53′33″N 75°11′49″W / 39.8925°N 75.197°W / 39.8925; -75.197Coordinates: 39°53′33″N 75°11′49″W / 39.8925°N 75.197°W / 39.8925; -75.197
 
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Girard Point Bridge
Phila Girard Point Bridge11.png
Girard Point Bridge, looking east towards the Delaware River (Note covering at right for repainting work in July 2010)
CarriesSix lanes of I-95
(three upper, three lower)
CrossesSchuylkill River
LocalePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Maintained byPennsylvania Department of Transportation
DesignDouble-decked cantilever bridge
Construction begin1968; 46 years ago (1968)
Construction end1973; 41 years ago (1973)[1]
TollNone
Coordinates39°53′33″N 75°11′49″W / 39.8925°N 75.197°W / 39.8925; -75.197Coordinates: 39°53′33″N 75°11′49″W / 39.8925°N 75.197°W / 39.8925; -75.197

The Girard Point Bridge is a double-decked cantilever bridge carrying Interstate 95 across the Schuylkill River in the American city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The bridge was opened in 1973.[2] It is the last crossing of the Schuylkill River, which empties into the Delaware River less than half a mile downstream.

History[edit]

Construction and renovation in 2010 and 2011[edit]

The renovation of the Girard Point Bridge as of September 2010.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation selected Buckley and Co. as the main contractor and a joint venture between Alpha-Liberty Painting as the paint contractor. The bridge deck was milled and a new surface was poured and the structural steel is being painted in order to extend the life of the steel. Work finished in the fall of 2011, but restarted in 2012 for expansion-joint replacement.[3]

In popular culture[edit]

In the 2012 version of the Need for Speed:Most Wanted video game, there is a similar-style bridge but it was changed to resemble the Queensboro Bridge in New York City, New York.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Staff. "Projects and Paychecks: Pennsylvania" (PDF format). AASHTO Transportation Recovery. American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, Washington, DC. Retrieved July 4, 2011. 
  2. ^ S.J. Groves & Sons Co. v. Warner Co., 576 F.2d 524 (3rd Cir. 1978) [1].
  3. ^ [2].