Calhoun Street Bridge

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Calhoun Street Bridge
Calhoun Street Bridge 2.jpg
Bridge seen from Morrisville, Pennsylvania.
Coordinates 40°13′12″N 74°46′40″W / 40.22001°N 74.77787°W / 40.22001; -74.77787Coordinates: 40°13′12″N 74°46′40″W / 40.22001°N 74.77787°W / 40.22001; -74.77787
Carries light vehicle traffic,[1] streetcars (until 1940)[2]
Crosses Delaware River
Locale Morrisville, Pennsylvania and Trenton, New Jersey
Official name Calhoun Street Toll Supported Bridge
Maintained by Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission
Design pin-connected Pratt through truss bridge[1]
Material iron[3]
Total length 1,274 feet (388.3 m)[3]
No. of spans 7
Load limit 3 short tons (2.7 t)[3]
Clearance above 8 feet (2.4 m)[3]
Opened October 24, 1884[3]
Daily traffic 18,000[4]
Toll None (3 Ton Weight Limit)

The Calhoun Street Toll Supported Bridge (a.k.a. Trenton City Bridge[1]) is a historic bridge connecting Calhoun Street in Trenton, New Jersey across the Delaware River to East Trenton Avenue in Morrisville, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, United States. It was constructed by the Phoenix Bridge Company of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, in 1884. The bridge was part of the Lincoln Highway until 1920 (when the highway was moved to the free Lower Trenton Bridge), and was later connected to Brunswick Circle by the Calhoun Street Extension as part of a bypass of downtown Trenton. Prior to 1940, trolleys of the Trenton-Princeton Traction Company, utilized this bridge to cross into Pennsylvania.[2] The bridge is owned by the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission, and is maintained with tolls from other bridges.

On May 24, 2010, the bridge completely closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic to undergo much-needed renovations including truss repair and repainting, deck replacement, and repair of approaches.[4] The rehabilitation project was completed October 8, 2010, and the bridge was rededicated in a ceremony on October 12.[5]

The bridge helps connect segments of the East Coast Greenway, a 3,000-mile-long (4,800 km) trail system connecting Maine to Florida.

View of truss-work showing ornamental details from the western end of the bridge


Eastern end of the bridge

Currently, the bridge is limited to 3 short tons (2.7 t) at 15 miles per hour (24 km/h) with a clearance of 8 feet (2.4 m).[3]

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Panorama of the bridge from Morrisville


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