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Delaware Aqueduct

Photos 

Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

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BH Photo #128455

Map 

Street Views 

Facts 

Overview
Suspension bridge over Delaware River on the former Delaware & Hudson Canal
Location
Pike County, Pennsylvania, and Sullivan County, New York
Status
Open to one-lane traffic
History
Built 1848 by John A. Roebling to carry the Delaware & Hudson Canal; later converted for highway traffic; rehabilitated 1985
Builders
- John A. Roebling
- Russel F. Lord
Design
Wire suspension
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 141.1 ft.
Total length: 535.1 ft.
Deck width: 11.5 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.48263, -74.98450   (decimal degrees)
41°28'57" N, 74°59'04" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/501293/4592336 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Shohola
Average daily traffic (as of 2008)
150
Inventory number
BH 38205 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2016)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 45.2 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • December 1, 2018: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • April 2, 2018: New photo from Josh Schmid
  • April 21, 2016: New photo from Art Suckewer
  • August 23, 2014: New photos from Patrick S. O'Donnell
  • March 7, 2014: Photos imported by Dave King
  • June 27, 2013: New Street View added by Dave King
  • August 6, 2010: New photos from Jodi Christman
  • November 23, 2008: Added by James Baughn

Sources 

Comments 

Delaware Aqueduct
Posted December 2, 2018, by George Oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Thanks,Chet.Great information.

Delaware Aqueduct
Posted December 2, 2018, by Chester Gehman (gehmanc2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

George--

Glad to be of some help. My interest in the gravity railroads stemmed from a friendship with the late Dr. Ed Steers of Wallenpaupack. He had quite a collection of railroad stuff.

Chet

Delaware Aqueduct
Posted December 2, 2018, by George Oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Thanks for the history on what I was talking about,Chester.Interesting information which I am interested in.

Delaware Aqueduct
Posted December 2, 2018, by Chester Gehman (gehmanc2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

If memory serves, this line to Honesdale was chartered in the 1880's by the Pennsylvania Coal Company as the Erie & Wyoming Valley RR. Honesdale was the transfer point for coal arriving from the Scranton area via the gravity railroads of both the Delaware & Hudson and The PCC; the D&H Canal took it from there to Rondout on the Hudson River. But the PCC felt the D&H was overcharging them on the canal trip and built the E&WV to haul their coal to Lackawaxen and the Erie RR. The line was later extended to the Scranton area and eventually taken over by the Erie.

Delaware Aqueduct
Posted December 2, 2018, by Luke

It's an Erie line.

Delaware Aqueduct
Posted December 2, 2018, by George Oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Don,I'm actually wondering which railroad originally owned the track from Honesdale where it begins to Lackawaxen where it connects with the rail line Luke was talking about.Also if this same railroad did end at Honesdale or continued past Honesdale.That might be a start to find that out.Then you might find bridges that nobody knows nothing about.Just a guess.

Delaware Aqueduct
Posted December 2, 2018, by Don Morrison

George, I believe it's originally ERIE trackage between Hawley and Lackawaxen. Not sure if the bridge Luke shared is also on the same line.

Delaware Aqueduct
Posted December 1, 2018, by Luke
Delaware Aqueduct
Posted December 1, 2018, by George Oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Don,I meant whoever operated the tourist line as a freight and or passenger line originally before the tourist line took over.

Delaware Aqueduct
Posted December 1, 2018, by George Oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Don,i see what you mean about seeing the bridge from the rail line.Only problem is I couldn't get street view to see if anything is blocking the view.I have an idea about the tourist line.Find out who operated that rail line then you could put any bridges on Bridgehunters.

Delaware Aqueduct
Posted December 1, 2018, by Don Morrison

True that, George.

This is not a rail bridge, but the railroad tracks pass just to the west of it. Since it appears in their picture gallery, one might assume that the rail tour departing Hawley follows the Lackawaxen river to the Delaware river, and passengers can get a view of this bridge.

Delaware Aqueduct
Posted November 30, 2018, by George Oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Don,this bridge is in no way connected to the tourist line.This bridge was a waterway which is now a road.

Delaware Aqueduct
Posted November 30, 2018, by Don Morrison

George;

And what a bridge!

This appears to be the bridge in the Stourbridge Lines' gallery. Maybe their rail tour out of Hawley goes down to Lackawaxen, near this bridge.

There also appears to be a rail bridge on the Wayne/Pike county line 200 yards from the Hawley Erie boarding platform, and another half a mile down the line. Those two bridges are not on Bridgehunter.

Delaware Aqueduct
Posted November 15, 2014, by Donald Sayenga (Dsayenga [at] gmail [dot] com)

Perhaps the idea of a new category is valid - it would be a very small category. Russel Lord hired Roebling to use the same type structure that he had proven successful at Pittsburgh. It was a self-supported wooden truss bridge. It was augmented with two large wire cables for support of the water when it was filled in canal season. When it was drained the cables carried no load and served no purpose. Roebling built a total of five such structures. This is the only survivor - rehabilitated several times. We could call it a "part-time" suspension bridge.

Delaware Aqueduct
Posted December 20, 2013, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

The bridge was indeed originally a Roebling built bridge/aqueduct. For years in more recent history the aqueduct part was removed. More recently, the wooden aqueduct structure was replicated on the bridge. However, it remains open to pedestrians. If you look at the elevation views you can see a main cable with suspenders leading down to floor beams. The concrete you see appears to be a deck.

Delaware Aqueduct
Posted December 20, 2013, by Luke Harden (lukemh9 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Sure looks like a suspension to me in this pre-restoration photograph...

Delaware Aqueduct
Posted December 20, 2013, by Don Sayenga (Dsayenga [at] gmail [dot] com)

Perhaps a new category is needed for this one, but I wouldn't know what to call it. It wasn't a suspension bridge when it was built and it isn't a suspension bridge now. The latest photo is excellent. It clearly shows the prestressed concrete deck inside the aqueduct replica.

Delaware Aqueduct
Posted April 19, 2010, by Don Sayenga (Dsayenga [at] gmail [dot] com)

Minor corrections:

Only half the bridge is in Pike County, Pennsylvania. The eastern half is in Sullivan County, New York.

Only half the bridge was designed and built by John A, Roebling. The abutments and the piers were designed and built by Russel F. Lord.