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Burlington–Bristol Bridge

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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 NJ 413 and PA 413.

Burlington-Bristol Bridge
The Burlington Bristol Bridge from Burlington, NJ
Coordinates 40°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
Carries 2 lanes of PA 413 and Route 413
Crosses Delaware River
Locale Bristol Township, Pennsylvania and Burlington, New Jersey
Official name Burlington-Bristol Bridge
Owner Burlington County Bridge Commission[1]
Maintained by Burlington County Bridge Commission
ID number 3000002 (NJ) 097101999100010 (PA)
Design vertical lift bridge
Material steel
Total length 2,301 feet (701.3 m)[1]
Width 20 feet (6.1 m)[1]
Longest span 540 feet (165 m)
Clearance below 61 feet when closed at high tide[1] to 135 feet (41.1 m) when open
Construction start April 1930; 88 years ago (1930-04)[1]
Construction end May 2, 1931; 87 years ago (1931-05-02)[1]
Construction cost $1.5 million[1]
Opened May 2, 1931; 87 years ago (1931-05-02)[1]
Daily traffic 25,241 (1992)
Toll $4.00 (westbound, cash), $3.00 (E-ZPass)[2]
Burlington-Bristol Bridge heading south

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 tollbooth. 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 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 those cars going west to the Pennsylvania side.[2]

New bridges for the site have been proposed, but most would require the access ramp to extend out to Route 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. Retrieved October 7, 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Toll Rates". Burlington Country Bridge Commission. Retrieved September 15, 2015.
  3. ^ "Burlington-Bristol Bridge". Structurae. Retrieved May 11, 2013.
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