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Girard Point Bridge (Interstate 95 in Philadelphia)

The Girard Point Bridge is a component of Interstate 95 in the city of Philadelphia.   The Girard Point Bridge is a double deck truss bridge which crosses the Schuylkill River.  The Girard Point Bridge was completed during 1973 and serves an average of 148,500 vehicles a day. 

Part 1; a brief history of the Girard Point Bridge

At the emergence of the Interstate Highway System traffic in the southern limits of Philadelphia utilized Pennsylvania Route 291 over the George C. Platt Bridge to cross the Schuylkill River.  Construction of the new alignment of Interstate 95 on the Girard Point Bridge broke ground during 1968.  The Girard Point Bridge would ultimately open to traffic during 1973 which provided a limited access highway into downtown Philadelphia.  The double deck truss design of the Girard Point Bridge carries northbound Interstate 95 traffic on the lower decker and southbound traffic on the upper deck.  The Girard Point Bridge is 5,167.2 feet long.

Part 2; a southbound drive over the Girard Point Bridge

The below sequence of photos depicts a crossing of the Girard Point Bridge along southbound Interstate 95 towards Exit 15.  

Part 3; a northbound drive over the Girard Point Bridge

The below sequence of photos depicts a northbound drive along Interstate 95 on the lower deck of the Girard Point Bridge. 


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