Riegelsville Toll Supported Bridge
The Riegelsville Toll-Supported Bridge connects the Borough of Riegelsville in Pennsylvania with Pohatcong Township in New Jersey. The original bridge, a covered wooden structure, was constructed in 1835. It remained in service until the entire superstructure was swept away by the flood of October 10, 1903.
The existing bridge, constructed in 1904 by John A. Roebling's Sons Company of New York, is a three-span suspension structure with a total length of 577 feet. The open-grid steel deck provides a roadway width of 16 feet between steel rubrails. A timber-plank sidewalk is supported by a king post floor beam system, cantilevered on both ends of the bridge. The sidewalk railing is actually a double-warren truss, assisting in strengthening the bridge roadway. The substructure, masonry piers originally built in 1835, were raised and built up in 1904. The pier nearest the Pennsylvania approach was almost completely demolished in the flood of 1936 and was subsequently rebuilt using reinforced concrete.
The bridge is currently posted for a two and one-half ton weight limit and a fifteen-mile per hour speed limit.
TRAFFIC WARNING: DELAYS LIKELY LATE AFTERNOONS, EVENINGS NEXT WEEK ON I-78 EASTBOUND NEAR EASTON