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Mid-Delaware Bridge

Port Jervis - Matamoras Bridge, Barrett Bridge

Mid-Delaware Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: August 27, 2019

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
US-6 Over Delaware River
Port Jervis and Matamoras: Orange County, New York and Pike County, Pennsylvania: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1939 By Builder/Contractor: R.C. Ritz Construction Company

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
325 Feet (99.1 Meters)
Structure Length
659 Feet (200.9 Meters)
Roadway Width
44 Feet (13.41 Meters)
2 Main Span(s)
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Bridge Documentation

This bridge is noted for its large 325 foot main spans and extensive use of v-lacing and lattice on its members. The span length is long among surviving metal truss bridges today thanks to demolition of other similarly long bridges. The bridge retains excellent historic integrity. It is noted for its wide 44 foot roadway as well.

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Above: Previous bridge at this location. Built 1903 by Owego Bridge Company of Owego, New York.

Above: Previous bridge at this location. Built 1903 by Owego Bridge Company of Owego, New York.

Above: Earlier bridge at this location.

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Discussion of Bridge

The 2 span, 659'-long, riveted, steel Parker through truss bridge built in 1939 is supported on a reinforced concrete substructure. It is traditionally composed with built up members and was designed for high load capacity. The bridge has no innovative or distinctive details. It is an example of a type and design that had been used since ca. 1900, and it is not historically or technologically significant. The bridge is one of several over the Delaware River that are administered by the joint state commission that took over, and often replaced, privately owned and operated bridges. A 325' long span length from this period is not uncommon.

Discussion of Surrounding Area

The bridge carries a 2-lane highway over the Delaware River in an area dominated by 20th century mixed use development that does not have historic district potential. Developed beginning in the early 19th century, SR 6 became part of the state highway system in 1911 and was improved to state standards in the 1920s. It is noted for its scenic vistas and low traffic volume. The highway itself is not a historic district.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No


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