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Washington Crossing Bridge

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Washington Crossing Bridge -- September 20, 20090

Upriver view from Pennsylvania side

Photo taken by Raymond Klein

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BH Photo #147284

Map 

Street View 

Facts 

Overview
Through truss bridge over Delaware River on PA 32-NJ 29
Location
Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and Mercer County, New Jersey
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1904
Builder
- Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission
Design
Warren through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 143.1 ft.
Total length: 877.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 17.5 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.29500, -74.86833   (decimal degrees)
40°17'42" N, 74°52'06" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/511190/4460508 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Pennington
Average daily traffic (as of 1992)
6,557
Inventory numbers
PA 09 7224 9991 0005 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
BH 30571 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of May 2008)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 5 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • June 3, 2020: New photo from Patrick Gurwell
  • April 14, 2020: Updated by Nick Boppel: Condense name
  • December 7, 2018: New photos from Abby Janick
  • May 16, 2016: New photo from Art Suckewer
  • March 19, 2016: New photo from Barry Caselli
  • February 15, 2015: Updated by Art Suckewer: Fixed NJ county
  • July 1, 2013: New Street View added by Dave King
  • November 12, 2011: New photos from Ian Ligget
  • October 7, 2009: Updated by Raymond Klein: Washington Crossing, PA to name & City. Other location: Hunterdon County, NJ--Overview-btwn PA & NJ-USGA Pennington, N.J. to Lambertville, NJ

Sources 

  • Raymond Klein - Bookshelfthe [at] msn [dot] com
  • Ian Ligget
  • Historicbridges.org - by Nathan Holth
  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Art Suckewer - Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com
  • Abby Janick - Abby_sue1 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Nick Boppel - nickboppel01 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Patrick Gurwell - pgurwell [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

Washington Crossing Bridge
Posted October 21, 2020, by Art S. (Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

George,

The bridge is set up for it and they have done so in the past. I'm not sure when/why its alternating vs. bi-directional. The biggest challenge with alternating is that it's a quarter mile long, including the approaches, so it takes a while to clear between a change in traffic direction.

Regards,

Art S.

Washington Crossing Bridge
Posted October 20, 2020, by George A Oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Art,i see what you are talking about and alternating traffic is a great idea.Do you think it's possible they would use alternating traffic on this bridge?

Washington Crossing Bridge
Posted October 20, 2020, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

George,

My point was a bit more basic. There really isn't room for two lanes. Yes, cars pass each other but most pull in their mirrors. That's why alternating traffic makes sense. With the width of lines (double, I assume...) we're down to 7 foot wide lanes.

My concern is this will force replacement.

Regards,

Art S.

Washington Crossing Bridge
Posted October 20, 2020, by George A Oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Art,that doesn't make no sense painting the steel grating on the bridge with yellow paint.From what i see it doesn't last long.What they should have done was put something like a porous material wide enough and also flat in the middle of the bridge which would show the yellow paint instead of just painting the steel grating.Also make it reflective for nighttime driving on the bridge.Just an idea which in my eyes makes sense.

Washington Crossing Bridge
Posted October 20, 2020, by Art S. (Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Closed for one hour tomorrow night for center line painting.

Center line painting?!? Its 15 feet wide!!! The lights at each end make sense. Center lines... we'll see.

https://www.newsbreak.com/pennsylvania/washington-crossing/n...

Washington Crossing Delaware River Bridge
Posted December 8, 2018, by George Oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Thanks,luke.I thought that was the bridge but wasn't sure.

Washington Crossing Delaware River Bridge
Posted December 8, 2018, by Luke
Washington Crossing Delaware River Bridge
Posted December 8, 2018, by George Oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Art,which railroad bridge is that in Abby's pictures?I see 2 of them.

Washington Crossing Delaware River Bridge
Posted December 7, 2018, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Abby,

If you'll note, your pictures look a bit different from the others. The pictures you posted are of a bridge further downstream. That said, the shots of the stone piers of the old Whipple deck truss next to concrete arches are quite good.

Sincerely,

Art S.

Washington Crossing Delaware River Bridge
Posted July 9, 2018, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Nathan,

They recently implemented this but still have two lanes and you still pass cars on the bridge. The problem is there is a poor staging area on the NJ side.

What surprised me was that Carlton is considerably wider yet is still a single lane.

Regards,

Art S.

Washington Crossing Delaware River Bridge
Posted July 9, 2018, by Nathan Holth (nathan [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Art,

With modern traffic ITS systems I suspect the bridge could operate with similar efficiency with stoplight controlled one-lane configuration (given how slow people drive on the bridge in 2 lane config), the only issue might be backups at the light causing a problem. The 1,000+ foot Connel Bridge in Scotland has surprisingly short wait times at the light and nobody seemed too irritated by it. However, the Washington Crossing Bridge may be more busy.

http://historicbridges.org/bridges/browser/?bridgebrowser=un...

Washington Crossing Delaware River Bridge
Posted July 8, 2018, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Found this video - Not sure this should be bi directional.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSEvVA3gUQw

Washington Crossing Delaware River Bridge
Posted October 30, 2013, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Here is a link to a picture of the bridge in 1910:

http://www.hopewellvalleyhistory.org/Did-you-know-Summertime...

Washington Crossing Delaware River Bridge
Posted October 29, 2013, by Art S (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

This bridge is in Mercer County (Hopewell Township), not Hunterdon county.

Here is a picture of the wooden covered bridge on the same stonework taken in 1902:

http://www.hopewellvalleyhistory.org/Artist-at-Washington-Cr...

http://www.hopewellvalleyhistory.org/About-Us.html

Washington Crossing Bridge at Washington Crossing, PA
Posted December 23, 2012, by tom dermody (thoreau_back [at] yahoo [dot] com)

photo 2 is looking EAST toward nj.

i lived in washington crossing nj for 18 yrs.

great site, thanks.