This bridge was designed by noted engineer Charles H. Latrobe and is a relatively old example of a pin-connected Pratt truss. Reportedly, Charles H. Latrobe was hired to prepare plans and specifications of the bridge, but it is not known who fabricated and/or erected the bridge. At one time the bridge had a narrow cantilevered sidewalk on it. The bridge retains good historic integrity.
Supposedly, the bridge and area got the name "New Bridge" when this bridge was completed because everyone who lived there wanted people to come and see the "new bridge."
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