The new Harbor Bridge is starting to take shape with some real signs of progress near North Beach.
You may have seen the giant yellow gantry crane near the current site. The piece of machinery weighs 1,400 tons and stretches 540 feet. It essentially is a giant, mechanical hand that’s used to lay down the heavier pieces that make up the bridge. The crane will move as construction continues.
The footprint of the bridge is now visible, and when it’s complete, it could be an economic game changer.
Michael Rios works at Yo Philly Cheese Steaks and said the attraction already has positively impacted North Beach businesses.
“Because we get the workers that work on the bridge and we still get the people that come down to the beach … if anything, it helps us a little bit,” Rios said.
Work crews have made significant progress. The Comanche Street bridge is nearly complete. And when it’s finished and frontage roads open up, the Lipan Street bridge will be taken down.
The projected completion date for the new Harbor Bridge is scheduled for spring of 2020.
You can keep track of updates with interactive maps on the project’s website here: https://www.harborbridgeproject.com/