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Great Egg Harbor River Bridge

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The bridge before rebuilding

Photo taken by Barry Caselli in February 2009

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BH Photo #350448

Map 

Street View 

Facts 

Overview
Pony truss bridge over Great Egg Harbor River on Weymouth Road (CR 559)
Location
Atlantic County, New Jersey
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1919. Rebuilt October, 2009 thru June, 2010.
Builders
- Alexander H. Nelson (Engineer)
- Henry S. Kraus (contractor)
Design
Warren pony truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 42.0 ft.
Total length: 47.9 ft.
Deck width: 20.3 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on June 21, 2001
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.51861, -74.77889   (decimal degrees)
39°31'07" N, 74°46'44" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/519005/4374353 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Newtonville
Inventory numbers
NJ 01HML22 (New Jersey bridge number)
NRHP 01000671 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 25047 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 02/2015)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 54.1 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
3,778

Update Log 

  • March 27, 2016: New photos from Barry Caselli
  • May 28, 2010: New Street View added by James Baughn

Comments 

Great Egg Harbor River Bridge
Posted July 24, 2011, by Barry Caselli (criterion1974 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

If I had known that my updates for each of these bridges were showing up on the forum I wouldn't have posted this stuff on the forum earlier.

Anyway, this bridge was reconstructed in May and June of 2010. All good components were retained and reused, and all bad components were replicated. They did an amazing job, IMO.

I shot a video there, the day I discovered that it was closed (October 3, 2009):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZrTkjs5Pgo

A week later I visited, and shot another video, after work had begun. The decking had been removed, and you can see just what horrible condition the bridge was in:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5GgCaQKwhQ

On June 12, 2010 I visited again, and work was 99% complete. It was open to traffic soon after. This is the video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mIl9FHH32I

It is now rated at 21 tons, though I think that's a bit optimistic. No one pays attention to the weight limit signs anyway, and most people go way more than the posted 40 mph speed limit as well.