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Raccoon Creek Bridge

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Photo taken by Doug Kerr

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Description 

FROM NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION - BUREAU OF ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES -NEW JERSEY HISTORIC BRIDGE DATA: "The four-lane bridge is a single-span movable Waddell-type vertical lift with four encased steel stringer approach spans. Its overall length is 285' with a 52' roadway. The main vertical lift span, which is skewed, consists of a single, 93'-long toe-to-toe, thru girder with floor beams. The span is constructed to permit it being lifted vertically to a height of 64' clear above mean low water. At each end of the main span are steel towers approximately 95'-high. Each tower consists of two built-up girder legs with horizontal and diagonal sway bracing. Between the tops of the opposite towers pass two girders, and suspended between the girders is the central overhead machinery house. Cantilevered off both sides of the main span are concrete deck sidewalks with sheet metal balustrades. The main span is operable.

Power for lifting the bridge is supplied from the central overhead machinery house that contains an electric motor and a back-up gas engine. At the top of each of the four tower legs are sheaves over which pass steel-wire ropes. The ropes are attached at one end to counterweights and at the other to couplings attached to the roadway. Power is transmitted from the motor to the sheave coupling by means of direct drive line shafting and gears. The span moves up and down along a C-shaped guide on the interior of the tower legs. The machinery is equipped with brakes, clutch, and locks. The two counterweights consist of concrete blocks held within riveted steel plate frames on the exterior side of the tower legs.

The approach spans are concrete encased steel stringers with concrete balustrades and sidewalks. There are four approach spans, two to the north and two to the south of the main span. The bridge has a concrete substructure with cutwater piers. The fenders are timber piling. At each end of the main span are safety gates original to the bridge construction. Additional modern safety gates have been added at the abutment ends of the approach spans. Northeast of the northern approach span is a modern two-story operator's house."

"At one time Raccoon Creek was navigable upstream to Swedesboro, which was a shipping point for lumber and fresh produce."

Facts 

Overview
Vertical lift bridge over Raccoon Creek on US 130
Location
Bridgeport, Gloucester County, New Jersey
Status
Open to traffic
Future prospects
Replacement under construction as of 2017
History
Built 1940
Builder
- Ash, Howard, Needles, & Tammen of Kansas City, Missouri (Consulting Engineer Firm)
Design
Heavily-skewed "Waddell-type" vertical lift bridge has a thru-girder moveable span, built-up towers with portal bracing and longitudinal girders, concrete counterweights with steel-plate frames, and a steel grate deck.
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 86.0 ft.
Total length: 285.1 ft.
Deck width: 52.2 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 16.0 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.80083, -75.35556   (decimal degrees)
39°48'03" N, 75°21'20" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/469561/4405712 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Bridgeport
Inventory numbers
NJ 0817151 (New Jersey bridge number)
BH 25214 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 12/2014)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 40.0 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
10,114

Update Log 

  • December 7, 2015: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • October 12, 2013: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • August 28, 2013: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • August 27, 2013: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • June 20, 2011: Updated by Jodi Christman: Added description, engineering firm
  • September 19, 2010: New photo from Doug Kerr

Sources 

  • Doug Kerr
  • Jodi Christman - masterofchaos [at] outlook [dot] com
  • NJDOT - Historic Bridge Survey
  • Douglas Butler

Comments 

Raccoon Creek Bridge
Posted January 29, 2009, by Anonymous

This was one of two bridges that spanned Raccoon Creek at the south end of the town of Bridgeport, NJ. At one time the road was designated US 130/NJ 44, concurrently. The existing bridge still has NJ 44 stamped in the concrete on the leading edge of the southbound lanes. The non-existing second bridge appears to have been a rotating style (denoted by the icon that matches the existing rotating RR bridge), according to the following link. http://historical.mytopo.com/getImage.asp?fname=brdp44sw.jpg...