Benjamin Franklin Bridge

Lauren McMorrow

The Benjamin Franklin Bridge starts between 5th and 6th streets in Camden, New Jersey following I-676 (Vine Street Expressway) and US 30. It ends in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in Franklin Square on Race Street.  This monument characterizes the development of industry in the two cities as well as the rapid growth in population. The bridge was also a symbol of great achievement for the 1920s, being the longest suspension bridge in the world for three years running.

In researching for this project, I was surprised to learn the length of time it took for the bridge to commence preparation. The idea for a bridge originated in the late 1880s, but it was not actually decided by both Philadelphia and Camden to plan a bridge until 1913. I understand now there were a few obstacles stopping the planning of a bridge like the Delaware River Island and the Burlington County Board of Freeholders.

After learning of the preparation for the bridge, I began to think of the extensive time and thought it takes solve local, as well as, global problems. Cars, computers, and cell phones are all forms of technological progression that take many years of planning and intelligence to aid the people of the world.

About urba0090

is an ACLS New Faculty Fellow in the American Studies and History departments at Rutgers University.
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