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Pennsylvania & New Jersey Railroad, Delaware River Bridge, Spanning Delaware River, south of Betsy Ross Bridge (State Route 90), Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, PA

Pennsylvania & New Jersey Railroad, Delaware River Bridge, Spanning Delaware River, south of Betsy Ross Bridge (State Route 90), Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, PA

 
 
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Summary

Significance: Because of its location on the lower Delaware River, the bridge has a collection of extremely long and heavy spans. These include the world's heaviest center-bearing swing span, completed in 1896, and longest double-track vertical-lift span, added in 1959. Both movable spans are still present, which is an unusual occurrence. The bridge is also significant as the first Delaware River crossing at Philadelphia, supplanting a ferry crossing for passengers and freight bound for southern New Jersey.
Unprocessed Field note material exists for this structure: N627
Survey number: HAER PA-545
Building/structure dates: 1895-1896 Initial Construction
Building/structure dates: 1958-1959 Subsequent Work

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Contributors

Historic American Engineering Record, creator
Brown, William H
Pratt, William A
Hardesty & Hanover
A. & P. Roberts
Pencoyd Iron Works
U.S. Steel Corporation
Charles A. Sims & Company
Drake & Stratton Company
P. McManus Company
John F. Casey Company
Pennsylvania & New Jersey Railroad
Pennsylvania Railroad
Consolidated Rail Corporation (Conrail)
Norfolk Southern Railroad
CSX Transportation
DeLony, Eric N, project manager
Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission, sponsor
Consolidated Rail Corporation (Conrail), sponsor
Spivey, Justin M, historian
Elliott, Joseph E, B, photographer
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Location

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States39.98875, -75.07403
Google Map of 39.9887532, -75.0740253
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