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Dingman's Ferry Bridge


View From The Pennsylvania Side

Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

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BH Photo #135170

Street Views 


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Dingmans Ferry Bridge on CBS Sunday Morning

News story on CBS Sunday Morning August 5, 1990

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The truss bridge, erected circa 1900, was constructed with steel columns made by the Phoenix Bridge Company. The three spans were part of a larger bridge, and were salvaged and reconstructed by the Perkins Brothers of Horseheads, New York. The third bridge to stand on this site, it was chartered by the Pennsylvania and New Jersey State Legislatures as early as 1830.

-- Historic American Engineering Record

Last surviving private toll bridge on the Delaware River, and one of only 15 or so such private toll bridges in the country.


Through truss bridge over Delaware River on PA 739
Pike County, Pennsylvania, and Sussex County, New Jersey
Open to vehicular traffic only (no pedestrians allowed)
Relocated here 1900 from the Susquehanna River
- Perkins Brothers of Horseheads, New York (Relocation)
- Phoenix Bridge Co. of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania (Original fabrication)
Three-span Baltimore through truss with Phoenix columns
Length of largest span: 182.1 ft.
Total length: 546.9 ft.
Deck width: 17.4 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 12.5 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.22002, -74.85926   (decimal degrees)
41°13'12" N, 74°51'33" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/511797/4563191 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Culvers Gap
Average daily traffic (as of 2018)
Inventory numbers
NJ 4100001 (New Jersey bridge number)
BH 25560 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 11.3 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • July 15, 2020: New photos from Patrick Gurwell
  • July 29, 2019: New photo from Art Suckewer
  • November 19, 2018: New photos from Alexander D. Mitchell IV
  • June 22, 2018: New photos from John Christeson
  • April 20, 2017: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • March 3, 2017: Updated by Brian Manville: Added photographs taken after Hurricane Irene passed through the area.
  • October 28, 2016: New video from Alexander D. Mitchell IV
  • October 21, 2016: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • February 13, 2016: New photo from Art Suckewer
  • January 19, 2015: Photo imported by Dave King
  • June 15, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added GPS.
  • March 9, 2009: Posted HAER photos
  • February 22, 2009: Updated by Ian Anderson: Updated w/ correct info and name

Related Bridges 


  • Ian Anderson - macsignals [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Wikipedia
  • Dingman's Ferry Bridge History
  • HAER PA-15 - Dingmans Ferry Bridge, U.S. Route 209 & State Route 739 vicinity, Dingmans Ferry, Pike County, PA
  • James Baughn - webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com
  • Nathan Holth
  • HAER PA-15 - Dingmans Ferry Bridge, U.S. Route 209 & State Route 739 vicinity, Dingmans Ferry, Pike County, PA
  • Alexander D. Mitchell IV
  • Art Suckewer - Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com
  • Brian Manville
  • Dana and Kay Klein
  • John Christeson - john_christeson [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Patrick Gurwell - pgurwell [at] gmail [dot] com


Dingman's Ferry Bridge
Posted April 23, 2018, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I added a related bridge link between the two pages.

Dingman's Ferry Bridge: where was it before?
Posted April 23, 2018, by Shalom

The History page on the bridge company's website states: "The Perkins Brothers had salvaged a bridge across the Susquehanna near Muncy, Pa. They brought three trusses manufactured by the Phoenix Iron Works and the capital to fund the construction. "

Is that (lost) bridge documented here? And if so, could it be linked to this one?

Dingman's Ferry Bridge
Posted January 23, 2016, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Bridge's history:


Dingman's Ferry Bridge
Posted November 24, 2015, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Temporarily closed for annual maintenance:


Dingman's Ferry Bridge
Posted December 29, 2014, by Jake Lennington (simpspin [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Wow, that bridge brings back memories. I remember crossing this bridge to get to my late Grandparent's farm in NJ until I moved away in the early 80's. I'm surprised the bridge has held up after so long. What I most remember about this bridge is how creepy the area is after dark.

Dingman's Ferry Bridge
Posted December 27, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)
Dingman's Ferry Bridge
Posted July 23, 2014, by ArtS

The bridge is in the background of this picture:


Dingman's Ferry Bridge
Posted March 22, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Thought this was a neat read: