Mechanicsburg, Pa. — The Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) selected Modjeski and Masters for the 2018 Biennial Inspection of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. This historic structure features a 1,750-foot main suspended span and is over 9,500 feet in total length.
As the prime consultant for this contract, Modjeski and Masters will perform a close visual hands-on inspection of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge facility in 2018. The goal is to update the condition of all fracture-critical members and fatigue-sensitive evaluations. Modjeski and Masters will also write a bridge-specific load rating manual for the bridge, as well as perform a subsequent load rating on the bridge according to that manual.
“This project and the bridge in general is particularly special to our firm. Back in the 1920s, our founder, Ralph Modjeski, led the original design and construction effort, and now, in our 125th year, we’re proud to continue his work on the Benjamin Franklin Bridge,” said Mike Britt, President and CEO of Modjeski and Masters. “Having served Philadelphia and New Jersey for almost a century, we recognize the importance of this iconic structure, and look forward to continuing our work with DRPA.”
Modjeski and Masters will kick off the bridge inspections later this month and is scheduled to deliver the final report to DRPA in December 2018. The firm has more than 90 years of experience working with DRPA, beginning with Ralph Modjeski’s design of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge and most recently with the 2016 inspection of the Walt Whitman Bridge.
For more information on Modjeski and Masters work on this and other suspension bridges, visit: http://www.modjeski.com/projects/search-results.aspx?service=Suspension#basic.