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Dingman's Ferry Bridge

Dingman's Ferry Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: September 6, 2019

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Key Facts

Location
Rural: Sussex County, New Jersey and Pike County, Pennsylvania: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
By Builder/Contractor: Phoenix Bridge Company of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
182 Feet (55 Meters)
Structure Length
547 Feet (167 Meters)
Roadway Width
17.4 Feet (5.3 Meters)
Spans
3 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
4100001

Historic Significance Rating (HSR)

Bridge Documentation

View Archived National Bridge Inventory Report - Has Additional Details and Evaluation

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This extremely rare Phoenix column Baltimore truss is also unusual because it is a privately owned toll highway bridge. Please note this bridge is private property. The owners of the bridge refused a request from HistoricBridges.org to walk on the bridge to conduct a full photo-documentation so all photos are taken from off of the bridge. The bridge was built ca 1890 at Laceyville, Pennsylvania and moved here in 1900.

Information and Findings From New Jersey's Historic Bridge Inventory

Summary

The 3-span Baltimore thru truss bridge supported on a masonry substructure has 2-rail metal railings. The bridge has minor alterations to the truss diagonal members. The span is technologically significant because it is a well-preserved example of an unusual truss design and for its use of patented Phoenix columns and connecting pieces. The span is located at an important crossing in an area settled in 1735. It is privately owned is operated under the original bridge company charter of 1834.

Setting/Context

The privately-owned bridge carries a 1-lane 2-way collector road over a major river forming the border between New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The area was settled by Andrew Dingman in 1735, and he operated a ferry here until the first bridge was constructed by the Dingman's Choice and Delaware Bridge Company, chartered in 1834. According to company sources, the present truss bridge was originally erected at Laceyville, PA (c.1890) and moved to the site in 1900.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes

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