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The Burlington-Bristol Bridge


  • crosses the Delaware River between the cities of Burlington, NJ and Bristol, PA

Read More about the Burlington-Bristol Bridge on our History page


  • built by the Burlington-Bristol Bridge Company after receiving approval from the US Congress and US War Department
  • construction began in April 1930
  • bridge opened to traffic May 2, 1931
  • comprised of several different type of structures:
    • a long through-truss span at the middle of the river
    • other adjacent through-truss spans
    • stringer spans and deck truss spans    

Cantilever erection of horizontal lift span


  • cost to build was slightly more than $1.5 million
  • acquired in 1948 by its present owners, the Burlington County Bridge Commission
  • no tax money from Burlington County residents is used to maintain this bridge


  • total length from abutment to abutment is 2,301 feet
  • bridge is 20 feet wide and carries two lanes of vehicular traffic across the river
  • pedestrians are not permitted on the bridge

  • vertical clearance under the main lift span at the center is 61 feet at high tide
  • marine vessels requiring a vertical clearance greater than that of the movable span in its normally closed position must request a bridge opening.  When the lift span is raised mechanically to permit passage of the vessel, concrete counterweights are lowered at each end of the span to maintain a balanced condition.  Vehicular traffic is temporarily stopped until the vessel clears the bridge; the span then resumes its normal lowered position

1931: Operating house and toll collection at center of lift span

  • electrical power is supplied by PECO (PA)
  • trolley cables carry the power to the lift span machinery and an auxiliary engine is used during power outages
  • both navigation lights and obstruction lights are installed at various locations, to warn both marine and air traffic of the bridge structure


  • north and south approaches were rebuilt and realigned to eliminate the s-curves which then provided a safer and smoother ride for the motorists (during 1950s and 1960s)
  • complete replacement of the lift span bridge deck and sidewalk was completed in 1994 
  • E-Z Pass/electronic toll collection equipment added in 2003

Service Times

  • remains in service to the public through all kinds of weather and conditions


    1954: New toll plaza & Keim Blvd. constructed when single toll booth on lift span was removed

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