The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

State News

October 10, 2013

Drawbridge gets stuck in open position

PHILADELPHIA — A busy drawbridge connecting Philadelphia to southern New Jersey has finally been lowered after becoming stuck in the open position, but traffic is still not being allowed on the span while engineers search for the source of the problem.

Officials said the Tacony Palmyra bridge, which carries about 70,000 cars daily across the Delaware River, was finally lowered at about 10 a.m. Thursday.

Commuters were directed to the Betsy Ross Bridge to the south after the bridge couldn’t be lowered from the opened position starting at about 1:30 a.m. Thursday.

The bascule-style drawbridge connects Route 73 from Burlington County, N.J., to the Tacony section of northeast Philadelphia and opens to allow ships to pass.

The Burlington County Bridge Commission’s website was also out of service Thursday morning.


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