Ben Franklin Bridge back open after Tour de Shore

    The latest traffic maps show traffic is running smoothly along the Ben Franklin Bridge after it was closed to traffic earlier Sunday for the Irish Pub Tour de Shore.

    The Tour de Shore, which benefits police and fire-related charities, began Sunday morning, closing the bridge as early as 7:15 a.m.

    The 65-mile event began at the Irish Pub at 20th and Walnut Streets in Philadelphia and ends at the Irish Pub in Atlantic City. reports organizers hoped to raise more than $200,000 for the Daniel Faulkner Educational Grant Fund, the Fraternal Order of Police Survivors and the Police Athletic League of Philadelphia.

    According to, an estimated 1,000 bicyclists were expected to cross the Ben Franklin Bridge on their way into New Jersey.  The official Tour de Shore website reports as many as 1,300 bicyclists were registered to participate in the event.

    The bridge was only scheduled to be closed to traffic until 8:30 a.m.

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