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Betsy Ross Bridge opens

Time: April 30, 2021 all day
Location: Jersey ? or Pennsylvania ?
Website or Map: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki…
Event Type: historical
Latest Activity: Mar 12, 2020

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Construction began in 1969, and was completed in 1974. However, the bridge did not open to traffic until April 30, 1976

 

It was the first automotive bridge in America named for a woman.  Iowa's Boone High Bridge was renamed the Kate Shelley High Bridge in 1912

The Betsy Ross Bridge, also known as the Ross Memorial Bridge, is a continuous steel truss bridge spanning the Delaware River from the City of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania to Pennsauken, New Jersey. It was built from 1969 to 1974, and opened in April 1976, during the American Bicentennial Year. It was originally planned to be named as the "Delair Bridge", after a paralleling vertical lift bridge owned by Pennsylvania Railroad (which is now used by Conrail and New Jersey Transit's Atlantic City Line), but was instead later named for Betsy Ross, a Philadelphia seamstress and reputed creator of the first American flag in 1776.

It is 8485 feet long.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betsy_Ross_Bridge

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