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Ocean Highway Middle Thorofare Bridge

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Middle Thorofare Bridge

New Jersey

Photo taken by Douglas Butler in April 2013

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BH Photo #284460

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Overview
Bascule bridge over Middle Thorofare on Ocean Highway (CR 621)
Location
Cape May County, New Jersey
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1939
Design
Bascule
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 110.9 ft.
Total length: 1,044.0 ft.
Deck width: 19.7 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.95592, -74.87350   (decimal degrees)
38°57'21" N, 74°52'25" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/510960/4311892 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Wildwood
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
5,180
Inventory numbers
NJ 3100006 (New Jersey bridge number)
BH 25151 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2017)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 7 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • October 19, 2015: New photos from Luke
  • October 19, 2015: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • May 30, 2014: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • June 8, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth
  • May 28, 2010: New Street View added by James Baughn

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Comments 

Ocean Highway Middle Thorofare Bridge
Posted August 24, 2017, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

They are lucky it was a single leaf bascule. Because of the way bascule leafs work, I doubt you would clear the gap in the middle, and even if you did you would crash into the abutment or into a tail pit. But a single leaf span the way they were apparently crossing, they just dropped down onto the fixed approach.

It is inexcusable that either the bridge tender did not visually confirm the bridge was clear (assuming its an on-sight bridge tender, they could step outside of bridge house if needed for better view in glare conditions), or if the bridge is remotely controlled (true for an increasing number of movable spans), the owner of the bridge needs to install additional cameras for the bridgetender to have a better view.

Ocean Highway Middle Thorofare Bridge
Posted August 24, 2017, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

"Father jumps car over open drawbridge in terrifying stunt to save family"

https://www.yahoo.com/news/father-jumps-car-over-open-161950...