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Delaware Aqueduct

Roebling's Delaware Aqueduct

Delaware Aqueduct

Primary Photographer(s): Marc Scotti

Bridge Documented: 2018

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Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Delaware Drive (Former Delaware and Hudson Canal) Over Delaware River
Location
Rural: Sullivan County, New York and Pike County, Pennsylvania: United States
Structure Type
Metal Wire Cable Suspension, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1848 By Builder/Contractor: John A. Roebling and Engineer/Design: John A. Roebling and Russel F. Lord
Rehabilitation Date
1987
Main Span Length
141.0 Feet (43 Meters)
Structure Length
535.0 Feet (163.1 Meters)
Roadway Width
11.5 Feet (3.51 Meters)
Spans
4 Main Span(s)
Inventory Number
4870001P

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Bridge Documentation

One of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States, this bridge is also noted for its design as an aqueduct, although today it is used as a traditional bridge that is open to traffic with a 10 ton weight limit at the time of writing. The bridge is one of the few in the country that is designated a National Historic Landmark, the highest historic designation in the country. The bridge is also one of the few suspension bridges in the country with a number of suspended spans that is something other than three suspended spans or one suspended span. The bridge is in a state of preservation, which is unusual even when you consider the bridge is not owned by PennDOT. As odd as it may seem, the National Park Service does not exactly have a great preservation track record, with demolitions or severe alterations noted in bridges from Yosemite National Park to the Arlington Memorial Bridge in Washington, DC. Fortunately with this bridge, preservation was undertaken. Ironically, the most recent preservation project actually made it harder to see the structural elements and design of this bridge. This is because the most recent rehabilitation restored the original timber design that once held the waters of the canal, although it retains a design that accomodates vehicular traffic. The timber hides much of the suspension cable elements, but the bridge as seen today is more representative of the bridge's original appearance. 

The Delaware and Hudson Canal is the oldest transportation company continuously operating in America.   The canal was supplemented and later replaced by the Delaware and Hudson Railroad which still operates, but is owned by Canadian Pacific Railway north of Albany and Norfolk Southern south of Albany.

HistoricBridges.org has a number of older pre-rehab photos of this bridge that have been shared. Currently unorganized, improvement of the galleries is planned in the future as time allows.

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