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Yardley-Wilburtha Bridge

Photos 

Yardley Veterans Memorial

Memorial to Veterans from Yardley at the former bridge site

Photo taken by Ian Anderson

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BH Photo #136557

Map 

Flooding and the Yardley-Wilburtha Bridges 

Written by Ian Anderson

There was a bridge at this site since the year of 1835. A wooden bridge was built at that time, but three spans were destroyed in a 1841 flood. The spans were replaced, and the bridge didn't see anymore damage for about 60 years. However, the October Flood of 1903 swept through, and destroyed the bridge again. At this time the listed steel truss structure was erected. Come 1955 however, another flood came down the river. Debris, like trees, houses etc, washed the bridge away. The Army was quick to build a temporary structure with Bailey Trusses, but this was damaged by flooding two years later.

The people of Yardley and Ewing thought this bridge would be rebuilt. However, the interstate system came to light around this time, and Interstate 95 was set to go across the river a mile upstream. Rather than rebuild the Yardley-Wilburtha Bridge, the Scudders Falls Bridge took its place. The Bailey Bridge was then demolished.

All that is left today is the intersection with PA Route 32, also called River Road. A memorial stands where the abument once was.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Warren through truss bridge over Delaware River on Unknown in Yardley
Location
Yardley, Bucks County, Pennsylvania
Status
Destroyed by flood
History
Built 1903 after wooden bridge destroyed, destroyed by flooding in 1955, replaced by Scudder Falls Bridge
Design
Warren through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.24597, -74.83585   (decimal degrees)
40°14'45" N, 74°50'09" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/513961/4455070 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Trenton West
Inventory number
BH 42214 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 16, 2011: Updated by Frank Hicks: Added GPS coordinates
  • April 5, 2009: Essay added by Ian Anderson

Sources 

  • Ian Anderson - macsignals [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Wikipedia - Wikipedia page on the former bridge
  • Frank Hicks

Comments 

Yardley-Wilburtha Bridge
Posted November 7, 2018, by Dan Styer (Dan [dot] Styer [at] oberlin [dot] edu)

These photos show what was left of the bridge after the two-hurricane (Connie and Diane) flood of 19-20 August 1955. They were taken by Thomas W. Styer III (my father) in November 1955.