New documentary focuses on historic New Hope-Lambertville Bridge

    Traffic crosses the bridge into Lambertville

    Traffic crosses the bridge into Lambertville

    “The New Hope-Lambertville Bridge: Connecting 2 Towns, Spanning Centuries” is a documentary debuting on WHYY-TV on Sunday.

    Newsworks Tonight host Dave Heller discusses the span’s storied history and importance with Roy Ziegler, chairman of the committee that produced the documentary for the New Hope Historical Society, and John Weber, the documentary’s writer, director, narrator.


    Throughout the bridge’s long history, it has been hit by nearly every kind of weather imaginable, so much so that it has fallen three separate times. The bridge has been through rain, sleet, snow, and even pumpkins. Rainfall in the October of 1903 was so torrential that pumpkins were lifted from their patches and floated downstream in what has gone down in history as the Great Pumpkin Flood of 1903.

    But even if an even greater pumpkin flood were to occur, Weber isn’t worried, as the Delaware Toll Bridge Commission assured the film’s crew that the bridge still has plenty of life left in it.

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