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Walt Whitman Bridge
Walt Whitman Bridge Philadelphia.jpg
Carries 7 lanes of I-76.svg I-76
Crosses Delaware River
Locale Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Gloucester City, New Jersey
Official name Walt Whitman Bridge
Maintained by Delaware River Port Authority of Pennsylvania and New Jersey
ID number 4500010
Design Steel suspension bridge
Total length 11,981 feet (3,652 m)
Width 92 feet 2 inches (28.09 m)
Longest span 2,000 feet (610 m)
Clearance below 150 feet (46 m)
Opened May 16, 1957; 65 years ago (May 16, 1957)
Daily traffic 120,000
Toll $5.00 (westbound) (E-ZPass) No toll for eastbound vehicles going from Pennsylvania to New Jersey.

The Walt Whitman Bridge is a 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.

The bridge is a part of Interstate 76 (which, between the river and the Pennsylvania Turnpike interchange in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, is known as the Schuylkill Expressway; this was originally part of Interstate 676's route until it switched positions with I-76 in 1972). Along with the Benjamin Franklin Bridge (which carried I-76 until 1972, and has carried I-676 since), Betsy Ross Bridge, Delaware Memorial Bridge, Commodore Barry Bridge, and the Delaware River–Turnpike Toll Bridge, the Walt Whitman Bridge is one of six expressway-standard bridges connecting the Philadelphia area with southern New Jersey.

The bridge was designed by noted civil engineer Othmar Ammann. The Walt Whitman statue by Jo Davidson was placed at the intersection of Broad Street and Packer Avenue, in Philadelphia near the approach to the Walt Whitman Bridge.


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Eastbound on the Walt Whitman Bridge

A $5.00 one-way toll is charged to westbound passenger vehicles (less than 7,000 lb (3,200 kg) gross vehicle weight) traveling from New Jersey to Pennsylvania. A $12 credit used to be given on a per tag basis for any DRPA-issued E-ZPass tag that crosses one of the four DRPA bridges 18 times in a calendar month, this was removed during the bridge reconstruction budget increase. Trucks, commercial vehicles, mobile homes and recreation vehicles (weighing at least 7,001 lb (3,176 kg). gross vehicle weight) pay $7.50 per axle. Seniors aged 65 and over can use a ticket program to pay $2.00 per trip of their $2.50 toll. They can also apply to have the commuter discount applied through their E-ZPass account. There is no toll for eastbound vehicles traveling from Pennsylvania to New Jersey since 1992, when one-way tolls were instituted.

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