South Street Bridge closed for 2 years - Philadelphia News

December 8, 2008 10:17:32 AM PST
A major bridge is shut down for reconstruction in Philadelphia. The 85-year-old South Street Bridge was closed after the Monday morning commute. For the next two years, motorists will have to use other routes between downtown and West Philadelphia.

Pieces of concrete have been crumbling and falling from the South Street bridge for years, so the state Transportation Department decided to demolish the span and build a new one.

Approximately 23,000 vehicles used the bridge each weekday.

The project pricetag is $67 million - about 80 percent to be paid for with federal dollars.

The bridge spans Interstate 76 - the Schuylkill Expressway - and the Schuylkill River. It is also a link to several major hospitals in West Philadelphia.

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