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Lumberville-Raven Rock Pedestrian Bridge

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Lumberville-Raven Rock Suspension Bridge 10/25/09

Upriver overview

Photo taken by Raymond Klein

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BH Photo #148421

Map 

Street View 

Facts 

Overview
Suspension bridge over the Delaware River on a pedestrian walkway
Location
Raven Rock, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and Hunterdon County, New Jersey
Status
Open to pedestrians
History
Built 1947 by John A. Roebling's Sons Co.
Builders
- Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission
- John A. Roebling's Sons Co. of Roebling, New Jersey
Dimensions
Total length: 688.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.40791, -75.03721   (decimal degrees)
40°24'28" N, 75°02'14" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/496843/4473033 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Lumberville
Inventory number
BH 43575 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 30, 2019: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • August 26, 2014: New photos from Patrick S. O'Donnell
  • November 10, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Park"
  • November 9, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Wire/cable Suspension"
  • July 5, 2013: New Street View added by Dave King
  • January 3, 2010: New photos from Raymond Klein
  • November 2, 2009: Added by Raymond Klein

Sources 

  • Raymond Klein - Bookshelfthe [at] msn [dot] com
  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Patrick S. O'Donnell - 1 [dot] 991km [at] comcast [dot] net
  • Geoff Hubbs

Comments 

Lumberville-Raven Rock Pedestrian Bridge
Posted November 10, 2013, by Jodi Christman (masterofchaos [at] outlook [dot] com)

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.

Lumberville-Raven Rock Pedestrian Bridge
Posted November 10, 2013, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

There was previously a covered bridge here:

http://www.delawareandlehigh.org/talesofthetowpath/delaware-...

One span replaced after flooding:

http://www.soleburyhistory.org/oldpostcards.html

Closed in 1946, replaced 1947.

Lumberville-Raven Rock Pedestrian Bridge
Posted November 10, 2013, by B. L. Lauver (bllauver [at] toad [dot] net)

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.