The Debut of a Well-Lit Bridge across the Delaware River

The Debut of a Well-Lit Bridge across the Delaware River

Transportation History

January 14, 1938

The Bushkill Street Bridge, crossing the Delaware River and connecting the city of Easton, Pennsylvania, with the town of Phillipsburg, New Jersey, was opened to traffic.This bridge was not only the first to be built by the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission but also the reason why that bi-state agency came into existence. While originally called the Bushkill Street Bridge because it was an extension of Easton’s Bushkill Street, the structure would eventually be renamed the Easton-Phillipsburg Toll Bridge.

The public officials helping to open the bridge included Governors George H. Earle of Pennsylvania and Harold G. Hoffman of New Jersey. A crowd of approximately 5,000 people turned out for the ceremony, which took place on a cold Friday afternoon. The Allentown-based Morning Call reported, “Gathering at 4 o’clock, at which time the dedicatory services were to begin, the crowd stamped its feet and shuffled about…

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