Part of the Camden Greenway, the Ben Franklin Bridge Pedestrian Walkway offers an off-road route for walkers and cyclists over the busy Ben Franklin Bridge between Camden, New Jersey and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
This DRPA project at the south walkway anchored in Camden provided an extensive ramp replacement of a stair structure, which was problematic for cyclists and those with disabilities. CMTS provided construction inspection support to the project resident engineering team, ensuring that material and workmanship were in accordance with plans, specifications, and DRPA expectations/standards for safety, quality, schedule, and costs.
Prior to actual construction, a ¾ mile of fiber optic cable was upgraded and existing traffic marking controls on the public street adjacent to the work area were redefined. A wooden shielding structure was built between the proposed pedestrian walkway location to protect the (east/west) PATCO train tracks which operate 24/7 under the Ben Franklin Bridge. Completed in 2019, the new ADA compliant ramp improves connectivity between Philadelphia and Camden for pedestrians and bicycles and encourages the use of alternative modes of transportation for both commuter and recreational users.