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Clip #: TFA-322B
Library: TFA Network
Region: North America
Country: United States
1950s, Pennsylvania, Walt Whitman Bridge, Delaware River, waves crashing onto beach, aerial Philadelphia skyline and Delaware River, cityscape, Independence Hall, policeman directing traffic, street scenes, pedestrians, port of Philadelphia, ships, car driving on suburban street, heavy traffic on city streets, Walt Whitman Bridge, vehicles driving on bridge, man’s hand pointing to charts and graphs in front of seated man, men sitting around table taking notes during meeting, engineering plans being drafted, bridge being constructed from early stages, man looking through theodolite, construction workers, iron workers, Bethlehem Steel Company, bridge workers suspended high in air over water, men looking over plans, bridge cables being strung, bridge workers walking and standing on top of beams, American flag flying on beam being raised into position, “street closed” barrier, workers painting beams and components, car driving over completed bridge, opening ceremony, onlookers, speech being given, man painting PA / NJ on pavement, photographers and cameramen, prominent men shaking hands, vehicles driving across bridge at night and during day, road signs for Walt Whitman Bridge and South Philadelphia / Philadelphia International Airport, vehicles stopping at tollbooth, aerial over completed bridge with light daytime traffic
The Walt Whitman Bridge is a green-colored single-level suspension bridge spanning the Delaware River from Philadelphia to Gloucester City, in Camden County, New Jersey, United States. Named after the poet Walt Whitman, who resided in nearby Camden toward the end of his life, the Walt Whitman Bridge is one of the larger bridges on the east coast of the United States. The bridge is owned and operated by the Delaware River Port Authority. Construction on the bridge began in 1953, and it opened to traffic on May 16, 1957. The bridge has a total length of 11,981 feet (3,652 m), and a main span of 610 metres (2,000 ft). The bridge has seven lanes, three in each direction and a center lane that is shifted variably (via a zipper barrier) to accommodate heavy traffic.