This bridge is a long, multi-span through truss bridge. As a six span structure it is a noteworthy truss bridge, that has become rare in this region largely due to demolition of a number of large multi-span truss bridges in Pennsylvania, which has several rivers large enough to support bridges of this size.
The Uhlerstown-Frenchtown Bridge is a typically composed structure with built-up beams, Warren truss configuration, and riveted connections. It remains in good condition and has been well maintained. While the bridge has a roadway width that would usually be classified as one-lane, this bridge carries two narrow lanes of traffic. The safety of motorists is ensured by enforcing a slow 15mph speed limit and also eliminating trucks from using the bridge.
The bridge is a contributing resource to the Frenchtown Historic District. Beautiful views of this bridge can be had from the park lands that surround the bridge on the New Jersey side.
This bridge is owned by the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission (DRJTBC). The DRJTBC has a unique commitment to maintaining the many historic bridges under its ownership, and working with the communities the bridges serve, and sets an example for the rest of the country to follow. The front page of their website often features a photo of a historic bridge, and their slogan is Preserving Our Past, Enhancing Our Future. How many other road/bridge agencies in the United States promote their commitment to historic bridges in this way? Not many.
Not only is the DRJTBC an example of how money might be better spent in regards to non-toll bridges, the DRJTBC bridges are also a great reference when arguing that a historic bridge can be rehabilitated and can also safely continue to function as a vehicular crossing.
A unique benefit of being owned by the toll commission, this bridge has its own bridgetender who guards the bridge against truck drivers who either cannot read or believe that weight limit signs are a form of joke. Many historic bridges have been damaged or destroyed by trucks who ignored weight limit signs and attempted to drive over the bridge.
Information and Findings From Pennsylvania's Historic Bridge Inventory
Discussion of Bridge
The bridge is listed as a contributing resource to the Frenchtown (NJ) Historic District.
Discussion of Surrounding Area
The bridge carries the road that connects PA 32 (River Road) and NJ 29 over the Delaware River between Uhlertown and Frenchtown, NJ. Both Uhlertown and Fenchtown are a National Register-listed historic district (in New Jersey). The bridge is a contributing resource to the district.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes
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