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Baptist Church Road Bridge

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Photo taken by Andrew Pearce in August 2012

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A nice small Pratt pony in reasonable condition. Some rust, some signs of minor modifications (outriggers, plate reinforcing), but mostly still original. Recent update may have installed heavier floor beams, giving bridge a more modern weight limit.

Essay 

Written by Andrew Pearce

According to a 2002 Hunterdon County document

"The light 3-panel pin-connected Pratt half hip pony truss bridge is supported on random ashlar abutments with wingwalls. Pipe railings
remain. Alterations are minimal and include concrete seats, plates welded to the lower panel points and end posts, and replacement
stringers. The well-preserved bridge was built by George Updyke, a member of the county bridge committee. One of over 20 bridges of its
type in the county, the span exhibits no unusual details and is a representative example."

see:
http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/works/environment/pdf/...

Facts 

Overview
Pony truss bridge over Mulhockaway Creek on Baptist Church Road
Location
Asbury, Hunterdon County, New Jersey
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1902
Builder
- George Updyke
Design
Pratt pony truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 32.2 ft.
Total length: 34.1 ft.
Deck width: 15.4 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.63947, -74.99601   (decimal degrees)
40°38'22" N, 74°59'46" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/500337/4498735 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
High Bridge
Inventory numbers
NJ 1000145 (New Jersey bridge number)
Hunterdon County U-20
BH 25245 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 07/2011)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Appraisal: Functionally obsolete
Sufficiency rating: 45.5 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2011)
531

Update Log 

  • August 18, 2012: Essay added by Andrew Pearce