This bridge sits on an ancient stone substructure of previous bridges, with portions dating to 1806. The piers are wider than they need to be because when the second bridge at this location was built, it was erected next to the original bridge. However the portions of the piers supporting the original bridge were never removed. The truss superstructure seen today is noted for its rare design consisting of three truss lines, its uncommon Pennsylvania truss configuration, and the bridge is also noted for its Trenton Makes The World Takes sign.
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.
Above: Photo of the original bridge at this location, a timber tied arch with iron tension members built in 1806 by Theodore Burr.
Historical drawing showing second bridge at location, a highway and railroad iron truss bridge built 1876 by Keystone Bridge Company of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Historical photo showing second bridge at location, after the railroad portion had been removed. A "Trenton Makes The World Takes" sign is visible on this bridge.
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