Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission, New Hope

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The New Hope–Lambertville Bridge, officially called the New Hope–Lambertville Toll Supported Bridge, is a six-span, 1053ft-long bridge spanning the Delaware River that connects the city of Lambertville in Hunterdon County, New Jersey with the borough of New Hope in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, United States. The current steel truss bridge was constructed in 1904 at a cost of $63,818.81. It is owned and maintained as a toll-free bridge by the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission.
The New Hope–Lambertville Bridge is a six-span, pin-connected Pratt through truss containing 962 tons of steel. Its total length is either 1,045 or 1053ft, depending on the source. Each span measures 171ft. The bridge supports a cantilevered walkway on its southern side for pedestrians. The New Hope–Lambertville's vertical truss members are 27ft in height. Three of its piers are stone filled and built on timber cribbing. The bridge's abutment, which is from the 1814 bridge, is square blocked masonry. Finally, utilities on the bridge include lighting for the walkway and an eight-inch (203 mm) diameter sewer line.
The original 1051ft-long and 32ft-wide wooden covered bridge was built on September 12, 1814, replacing the service once provided by Coryell's Ferry. Its six wooden arches each measured 175ft long and 13ft high. Its designer, Lewis Wernwag, was nationally known for his covered bridges. The flood of 1841 heavily damaged the original bridge. A second wooden covered bridge was constructed in 1842, but was destroyed during the flood of 1903. As was the case with several of the Delaware River's other bridges at the time, the flood encouraged replacing the wooden structure with a modern steel bridge. Thus, the superstructure of the New Hope–Lambertville Bridge dates to 1904, when its steel truss spans were first built. The cost of the 1904 bridge was $63,818.81, several thousand dollars less than the $67,936.37 needed to build the 1814 structure.
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  • Have walked across this bridge on numerous visits to Lambertville-New Hope. Great way to cross the river from Lambertville to New Hope or vice versa. If you plan on visiting both towns, no need to...  more »
  • I will always remember enjoying the beautiful scenery while traversing the bridge. This is a great spot to stop and take a photo.  more »
  • My boyfriend committed suicide on this bridge in front of bridge commission staff who did absolutely nothing to try and stop him.
  • I didn't even know that this bridge existed.
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