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Delaware Road Bridge

Delaware Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth and Rick McOmber

Bridge Documented: July 11, 2008

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Delaware Road Over Delaware Canal
Location
Riegelsville: Bucks County, Pennsylvania: United States
Structure Type
Metal Deck Girder, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1920 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
51 Feet (15.54 Meters)
Structure Length
54 Feet (16.46 Meters)
Roadway Width
14 Feet (4.27 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
91016001005610

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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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