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Horseshoe Bend Road Bridge

Photos 

unusual and notable

a curved road on a straight bridge. Beams flair opposite wing walls to include some of the curve

Photo taken by Andrew Pearce in September 2012

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BH Photo #239542

Map 

Description 

from the 2002 survey: "The stone arch bridge is founded directly on bedrock. Four stone masonry wing walls extend from the arch. The bridge has been widened at the northwest and southeast corners, using rolled steel I-beams placed diagonally between the spandrel and wingwall. The additions have concrete decks."

as of 2012: This drop dead gorgeous little vista is more than a mile down a very steep and twisty one lane road, in a shady copse between rolling farm fields and solitary estates. The creek has carved itself a sheltered arroyo in the sandstone, beneath the dappled light of the overhanging trees. Fanstastic spot for a picnic, and probably great trout fishing when the creek has any water in it.

Facts 

Overview
Stone arch bridge over Copper Creek on Horseshoe Bend Road in Kingtown
Location
Hunterdon County, New Jersey
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1896
Design
Stone arch
Dimensions
Span length: 21.0 ft.
Total length: 21.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.1 ft.
Also called
Horseshoe Bend Road Bridge over Copper Creek
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.51167, -75.04500   (decimal degrees)
40°30'42" N, 75°02'42" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/496187/4484550 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Frenchtown
Inventory numbers
NJ 1000079 (New Jersey bridge number)
BH 25264 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 04/2015)
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 45.1 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
147

Categories 

19th Century (6,182)
Arch (11,192)
Built 1896 (234)
Built during 1890s (2,459)
Deck arch (10,431)
Hunterdon County, New Jersey (145)
New Jersey (1,200)
One-lane traffic (7,422)
Open (36,571)
Owned by county (18,854)
Skewed (4,672)
Span length under 25 feet (5,767)
Stone arch (2,649)
Structurally deficient (18,431)
Total length under 25 feet (1,995)

Update Log 

  • September 17, 2012: Updated by Andrew Pearce: added data and pictures

Sources 

Comments 

Horseshoe Bend Road Bridge
Posted February 11, 2013, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

The bridge is straight, the road approaches from an angle. The triangle is a space beneath the road where the bridge continues straight.

Horseshoe Bend Road Bridge
Posted February 10, 2013, by AR

What is the triangular hollow in the side of the bridge?