Burlington–Bristol Bridge

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Burlington–Bristol Bridge
The Burlington Bristol Bridge from Burlington, New Jersey
Coordinates40°04′53″N 74°52′10.5″W / 40.08139°N 74.869583°W / 40.08139; -74.869583Coordinates: 40°04′53″N 74°52′10.5″W / 40.08139°N 74.869583°W / 40.08139; -74.869583
Carries2 lanes of PA 413 and Route 413
CrossesDelaware River
LocaleBristol Township, Pennsylvania and Burlington, New Jersey
Official nameBurlington–Bristol Bridge
OwnerBurlington County Bridge Commission[1]
Maintained byBurlington County Bridge Commission
ID number3000002 (NJ) 097101999100010 (PA)
Designvertical lift bridge
Total length2,301 feet (701.3 m)[1]
Width20 feet (6.1 m)[1]
Longest span540 feet (165 m)
Clearance below61 feet when closed at high tide[1] to 135 feet (41.1 m) when open
Construction startApril 1930; 91 years ago (1930-04)[1]
Construction endMay 2, 1931; 90 years ago (1931-05-02)[1]
Construction cost$1.5 million[1]
OpenedMay 2, 1931; 90 years ago (1931-05-02)[1]
Daily traffic25,241 (1992)
Toll$4.00 (cash), $3.00 (E-ZPass) northbound[2]
Burlington–Bristol Bridge heading south

The Burlington–Bristol Bridge is a truss bridge with a lift span crossing the Delaware River from Burlington, New Jersey to Bristol Township, Pennsylvania in the United States. Construction of the bridge started on April 1, 1930, and the bridge opened to traffic on May 2, 1931.[1] The bridge carries New Jersey Route 413 and Pennsylvania Route 413 (PA 413).

The two-lane bridge has a total length of 2,301 feet (701 m), and is operated by the Burlington County Bridge Commission.[1] The lift span is 540 feet (164.6 m) long.[3]

The center span is lifted by the action of two large concrete slabs of slightly greater weight than the lifted span, which block traffic when fully down. They are set in downwards motion to lift the bridge by a very slight action of the motors, as gravity does the rest. In 2016, traffic signals and barrier gates were installed at each end of the bridge for stopping traffic when the draw span is being lifted.

A municipal garage is located underneath the rising road after the tollbooths. During times when the bridge is up for a boat passing underneath, large traffic backups are created on Keim Boulevard, the road that functions as the route to the bridge from U.S. Route 130 (US 130) and Broad Street.

The tollbooths are equipped with E-ZPass and the toll as of September 15, 2015 — $4.00 for cars, or $3 with E-ZPass — is paid by vehicles crossing into Pennsylvania.[2]

New bridges for the site have been proposed, but most would require the access ramp to extend out to US 130, which would result in the destruction of historic buildings, as well as the large industrial park near the bridge.[4]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Burlington-Bristol Bridge". Burlington County Bridge Commission. Archived from the original on May 5, 2011. Retrieved October 7, 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Toll Rates". Burlington Country Bridge Commission. Archived from the original on May 5, 2011. Retrieved September 15, 2015.
  3. ^ "Burlington-Bristol Bridge". Structurae. Retrieved May 11, 2013.
  4. ^ "Burlington-Bristol Bridge (PA 413-NJ 413)".

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