20th Century: 1950-1965

In the mid-20th century, Elfreth's Alley became a focal point in the public debate over the building of the Delaware Expressway, now I-95. In order to build the highway along the Delaware River, avoiding the abutments of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge (1926), and skirting the Market-Frankford Elevated Line, it was proposed that at least a portion of Elfreth's Alley be razed. In doing this, the Alley would become a dead-end street.