Walt Whitman Bridge redecking expected to wrap up in December

 Construction on the Walt Whitman Bridge is almost finished. (Nathaniel Hamilton/for NewsWorks)

Construction on the Walt Whitman Bridge is almost finished. (Nathaniel Hamilton/for NewsWorks)

Commuters who cross the Walt Whitman Bridge may have noticed cranes and other heavy equipment have been moved off the span.

While the renovation project is winding down, it still has a few months to go.

Removing the big cranes that spanned the Walt Whitman Bridge since 2011 is a sign that the redecking project is almost finished, said Tim Ireland of the Delaware River Port Authority.

“Basically what remains to be done is the resurfacing of the seventh lane of the Walt Whitman Bridge,” he said. “Some construction cleanup and some final checklist work, and that should take us out until December.”

Ireland says the $139 million project is the second most expensive in the history of the authority.

“Our motorists in Southern New Jersey and Pennsylvania were really patient and really understanding about some very difficult conditions created by the bridge redecking project,” he said. “And we really appreciate their patience and support throughout the project.”

If workers able to complete the redecking by December, the project would wrap up six months ahead of schedule.

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