Landmark Era - Since 1972Built to pre-automobile specifications before the turn of the 20th Century, the People's Bridge by mid century earned the nickname, "Old Shakey," because of the noisy vibrations of its cast-iron superstructure under an ever-increasing volume of traffic. It was closed to all but pedestrian and bicycle traffic after 1972, when it was severely weakened by the Hurricane Agnes Flood. In January 1996, a major ice flood destroyed three of the bridges western spans. The immediate outpouring of public concern for this beloved landmark resulted in the formation of the People's Bridge Coalition and a campaign to ensure the bridge's restoration and preservation. In 1998, the eastern span was fully restored and a plan was established for restoration of the western span to its historic appearance. The Bridge remains a vital, heavily used link between Harrisburg's revitalized Riverfront Park and City Island.
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|Date Added||Thursday, October 16th, 2014 at 1:41am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18T E 339744 N 4458222|
|Decimal Degrees||40.25913333, -76.88450000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 40° 15.548', W 76° 53.07'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||40° 15' 32.88" N, 76° 53' 4.20" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 251-261 Capital Area Greenbelt, Harrisburg PA 17101, US|
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