The John Harris Bridge, also known locally as the South Bridge, carries Interstate 83 and the Capital Beltway across the Susquehanna River connecting downtown Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and its western suburbs in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. The bridge officially opened on January 22, 1960 and was later widened to six lanes. It was named in honor of John Harris, the founder of the city of Harrisburg.[3] Since 1997, the bridge was designated to carry the Capital Beltway which loops the Harrisburg metropolitan area.

John Harris Bridge/South Bridge
Coordinates40°14′53″N 76°52′40″W / 40.2481°N 76.8778°W / 40.2481; -76.8778Coordinates: 40°14′53″N 76°52′40″W / 40.2481°N 76.8778°W / 40.2481; -76.8778
Carries I-83 (Capital Beltway)
CrossesSusquehanna River
LocaleCumberland County, Pennsylvania and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Other name(s)South Bridge
Maintained byPennsylvania Department of Transportation
Width7 traffic lanes[1]
OpenedJanuary 22, 1960
Daily traffic117,000 daily (2003)[2]

In 2015, as part of a nearby reconstruction project, a fourth northbound lane was opened, for a total of seven traffic lanes.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Boeckel, Theresa. "Second Lane to Harrisburg to Soon Open at I-83/Route 581 Interchange, New Bridge to be Set". York Daily Record. Archived from the original on July 29, 2015. Retrieved August 2, 2015.
  2. ^ I-83 Beltway Master Plan Archived 2011-07-12 at the Wayback Machine, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Accessed January 31, 2010.
  3. ^ Harrisburg Area Riverboat Society (November 29, 2006). "Bridges on the Susquehanna River". Retrieved 2006-11-29.