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Byberry-Bensalem Turnpike Bridge




Photo by Joseph Elliott, Summer-Fall 1999, for HAER

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #122103


Stone arch bridge over Poquessing Creek on Byberry-Bensalem Turnpike, Lincoln Highway in Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, and Bucks County, Pennsylvania
Open to pedestrians only
Built 1805; Strengthened 1917; Bypassed 1921
The historic bridge was not eligible for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places a few years ago because of scour problems. The bridge has been unused for years. It was extant in 2001 but the current status is unknown.
Also called
Poquessing Creek Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.12000, -74.97720   (decimal degrees)
40°07'12" N, 74°58'38" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/501942/4441076 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 37253 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 20, 2008: Added by J.R. Manning


  • J.R. Manning - thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
  • HAER PA-592 - Lincoln Highway, Running from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh, Fallsington, Bucks County, PA


Byberry-Bensalem Turnpike Bridge
Posted September 14, 2010, by Ruth (jerseyrod [at] webtv [dot] net)

I have a very old Bible with the name of Geo. and Emily Sipler engraved on the front..inside was some info on Comly Road, below Byberry turnpike, Byberry..I wonder if this is the location? I would like to give this book to the rightful owner but don't know where to begin!!

Byberry-Bensalem Turnpike Bridge
Posted July 31, 2009, by Brian Butko (babutko [at] hswp [dot] org)

The Sharp Curve sign on Trenton Road in Fallsington refers to a left turn and bridge removed long ago that crossed the RR tracks. That intersection of roads and rails has been remade multiple times. It's quite a distance from the B-B bridge but both are interesting remnants that once carried the Lincoln Highway.

I hope the B-B bridge can be saved. The recently announced park improvements could be a threat to the bridge and the amazing trace of unpaved road in a mostly urban environment. Here's my blog post about the recent news; it includes a video clip made at the bridge for the 2008 PBS Lincoln Highway special:


Brian Butko


Byberry-Bensalem Turnpike Bridge
Posted June 4, 2009, by Drew Techner (beiselclan [at] msn [dot] com)

The bridge is still there. It is located at an opening entrance to a wooded area behind the Neshaminy Inn in Trevose. The road is closed off and is in the jurisidiction of the Benjamin Rush State Park. It crosses the Poquessing Creek and separates Bucks and Phila. counties. In 2008, City Councilman O'Neill proposed a bill to vacate the Byberry - Bensalem Road section from this bridge to Burling Avenue where Victory farms are located. I grew up in this area and used to bike back there. On May 27, 1919, Trenton Police Officer Abner Braun stopped two males driving a stolen Stutz automobile on the Bucks county side of this bridge. He was subsequently shot and killed by the driver a mile-and-a-half south in front of where Nabisco now stands on Roosevelt Boulevard. I have uploaded photos of the bridge that I took several days ago.

Byberry-Bensalem Turnpike Bridge
Posted October 21, 2008, by J.R. Manning (thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

Is the bridge extant? The HAER photos are nine years old.

Byberry-Bensalem Turnpike Bridge
Posted October 21, 2008, by Ian Anderson (macsignals [at] gmail [dot] com)

Hello, I believe the first two pictures of the "Sharp Curve" Sign are actually from Main Street in Fallsington, Bucks County. There is no bridge on that road, but the berm in the background holds up Business Route One/Lincoln Highway as it approaches a plate-girder bridge over a railroad.