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
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.
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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