The Remarkable Delaware Memorial Bridge
The Delaware Memorial Bridge, across the Delaware River is a twin suspension toll bridge connecting Delaware in the south and New Jersey in the north. This bridge was sketched by the firm HNTB with consulting guidance from the famous engineer Othmar Ammann to honor soldiers who sacrificed their lives in World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam operations. The two suspension bridges have a gap of 250 feet between them. The main spans are 2150 feet long and the towers are 440 feet tall. The first bridge was open to traffic on 1951. Within a short span of three years nearly eight million vehicles started travelling across the bridge. For this over crowdedness, a second bridge was constructed in 1968. Today, more than 80,000 vehicles cross the twin spans. This Delaware Memorial Bridge is operated by Delaware River and Bay Authority, a bi-state agency. A $13 million project of resurfacing this bridge, improving the expansion joints and upgrading the electric system was completed in 2008. This acrylic fridge magnet souvenir with its depiction of Delaware Memorial Bridge is an excellent memento for tourists as an architectural wonder to keep at home.
Attractive Sights from Delaware Memorial Bridge
There is a war memorial on the southern side of Delaware Memorial Bridge. A special ceremony is held every year on Veterans Day. People travelling across this bridge have a view of Philadelphia's skyline. Moreover, other places of interest observable from Delaware Memorial Bridge are the cooling tower for PSEG's Hope Creek Nuclear Generating Station, the Valero oil refinery, the Reedy Point Bridge, Chesapeake and Delaware Canal Bridges, and Commodore Burry Bridge.