This bridge is a traditional example of a highway plate girder. Pennsylvania has a large number of highway plate girders compared to other states, some of which did not build highway plate girders often, and as such this bridge is not as noteworthy in Pennsylvania as it would be elsewhere. However, the bridge is historically significant as a contributing structure to a potential historic district in the area. It also crosses a historical canal. As such, its preservation needs to be considered.
Information and Findings From Pennsylvania's Historic Bridge Inventory
Discussion of Bridge
The 1920 thru girder bridge is an example of a common type/design with no innovative or distinguishing details, but it is located in and contributing to a potential historic district in Riegelsville. The settlement developed in during the 19th century on both sides of the river to support, in part, the Riegel paper mill, which is located on the New Jersey side. A bridge across the river was first constructed in 1835.
Discussion of Surrounding Area
The bridge carries a 2 lane road over the Delaware Canal in the 19th century town of Riegelsville. The bridge is specifically cited as not contributing to the Delaware Canal NHL district, but it is in an area that appears to have the architectural/historic significance and integrity to be a potential historic district. The 1920 bridge contributes to the character of the potential historic district.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes
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