Lumberville-Raven Rock Suspension Bridge 10/25/09
Photo taken by Raymond Klein
BH Photo #148421
Good eye. This current bridge uses the original substructure, piers* and abutments of the covered bridge which opened in 1856.
According to Frank T. Dale's "Bridges over the Delaware River" this bridge's substructure previously carried motor vehicles across the Delaware River. Lumberville had saw mills and other businesses over the years.
Dale notes that the Joint Commission (formed by NY & PA) was rebuilding one of the piers* in 1942 and discovered the entire superstructure (except a recent steel addition added in 1903) had rotted beyond repair. So in 1944 they closed the bridge. This was during war times and steel was limited which delayed any rebuilding.
The Joint Commission decided the crossing wasn't necessary for vehicles and in 1947 they hired John A. Roebling & Sons to replace the old bridge with a modern one designed for pedestrians only. Today it is primarily used for folks going to the recreational island, Bulls Island State Park.
There was previously a covered bridge here:
One span replaced after flooding:
Closed in 1946, replaced 1947.
What was this thing to start with? The footings and piers look far too substantial for a footbridge. They also look far older than 1949.