Uhlerstown-Frenchtown Toll Supported Bridge
The Uhlerstown-Frenchtown Toll Supported Bridge carries Bridge Street traffic from Frenchtown, New Jersey to Uherlstown, Tinicum Township in Pennsylvania.
The original bridge, constructed in 1841, consisted of 6 covered wooden spans using the latticed "Town Type" trusses. The masonry substructure of the bridge, 5 piers and two abutments, are still standing and now support the present bridge. The flood of October 10, 1903 carried away the two spans nearest the New Jersey approach, which were replaced with steel through truss spans built in 1905.
In 1931, the bridge was reconstructed to accommodate modern traffic. The entire superstructure, wood and steel, was completely removed and replaced with a six-span riveted steel Warren truss structure. The steel open-grate deck, added in 1949, provides a clear roadway width of 16 feet 6 inches curb to curb. A concrete-filled steel grating sidewalk is supported by the upriver truss on steel cantilever brackets. The bridge is currently posted for a 15-ton weight limit.
Major structural and cosmetic rehabilitation undertaken during the spring and summer of 2001 furnished the bridge with a new paint application, complete floor system replacement and the installation of a new sidewalk, lighting and guide rail system.
The bridge maintains a fifteen-mile per hour speed limit.
TRAFFIC WARNING: DELAYS LIKELY LATE AFTERNOONS, EVENINGS NEXT WEEK ON I-78 EASTBOUND NEAR EASTON