New Hope–Lambertville Toll Bridge

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New Hope–Lambertville Toll Bridge
New Hope-Lambertville Toll Bridge with signs.jpg
Coordinates 40°22′45.48″N 74°57′19.8″W / 40.3793000°N 74.955500°W / 40.3793000; -74.955500Coordinates: 40°22′45.48″N 74°57′19.8″W / 40.3793000°N 74.955500°W / 40.3793000; -74.955500
Carries 4 lanes of US 202
Crosses Delaware River
Locale Delaware Township, New Jersey and Solebury Township, Pennsylvania
Official name New Hope-Lambertville Route 202 Toll Bridge
Maintained by Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission
Characteristics
Design Girder
Total length 1,682 feet (513 m)
History
Opened July 22, 1971[1]
Statistics
Daily traffic 9,700[2]
Toll $1.00 (Southbound) (E-ZPass)

The New Hope–Lambertville Toll Bridge carries U.S. Route 202 over the Delaware River, connecting Delaware Township in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, with Solebury Township in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, United States. The bridge, which opened in 1971, was built and is currently operated by the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission. The commission is also responsible for maintenance and operation of the interchanges with Route 29 in New Jersey and Route 32 on the Pennsylvania side.

History[edit]

The bridge, part of an $8 million project approved in 1967,[3] opened on July 22, 1971, in ceremonies attended by Governor of New Jersey William T. Cahill.[4] Following completion, the bridge was connected to local routes via temporary roads. Not until 1975 was Route 202 realigned so as to incorporate the new toll bridge.[5][6]

Structure[edit]

The girder structure of the bridge, as viewed from underneath
The underside of the bridge, seen above the Delaware and Raritan Canal

The New Hope-Lambertville Toll Bridge has a total length of 1,682 feet (513 m) and contains ten spans. It is constructed with steel girders and a reinforced concrete deck. The bridge's piers are stone faced. The toll gate is located on the Pennsylvania approach. While the DRJTBC states that it has a total of 8 toll lanes,[7] that number has shrunk to 4 toll lanes since the bridge was refurbished in 2003. This refurbishment replaced the old toll plaza with a new one, and it eliminated the toll lanes for those crossing into New Jersey.[8]

Tolls[edit]

Tolls are collected from westbound motorists from a four-lane toll gate on the Pennsylvania side of the bridge. The toll for automobiles is $1.00. The ordinary toll rate for trucks begins at $6.50, and after $12.00 (three-axle trucks), increases by $4.00 for every additional axle.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ New Hope-Lambertville Route 202 Toll Bridge at Structurae. Retrieved on April 16, 2007.
  2. ^ "Traffic Counts". Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission. 2006. Retrieved 2007-04-16. 
  3. ^ "Delaware Span Approved", The New York Times, December 15, 1967. p. 4
  4. ^ "Cahill Dedicates New Bridge", The New York Times, July 23, 1971. p. 26
  5. ^ "U.S. 202 Freeway". Eastern Roads. Retrieved 2007-06-11. 
  6. ^ "Pennsylvania Highways: US 202". Jeffrey J. Kitsko. October 5, 2006. Retrieved 2007-06-11. 
  7. ^ "New Hope-Lambertville Route 202 Toll Bridge". Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission. 2005. Retrieved 2007-04-16. 
  8. ^ ">Map of Us Highway 202 & River Rd New Hope, PA 18938, US "MapQuest" Check |url= value (help). MapQuest. 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-02. 
  9. ^ "Toll Rates". Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission. 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-02.