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Rake Factory Road Bridge



view from Rake Road looking South

Photo taken by Andrew Pearce in September 2012



"The riveted 4-panel Warren with verticals pony truss bridge was moved to this location ca. 1950, replacing a wooden truss span. Its original location is not documented. It is supported on ashlar abutments with wingwalls that date from an earlier span. A concrete collar has been added to the south abutment. The guide railings and outriggers are alterations."

Guess the age from the design 

Written by Andrew Pearce

This is another time when I have to disagree with Historic Bridges of Hunterdon County. I've seen more ugly outriggers welded on later, any old which way, on more darn pony bridges, than you can shake a truss at. These do NOT look like later additions. They are carefully made and properly riveted, and seem to be attached with care - riveted - to the lower extension of the gusset plates that the lower chord intersections are riveted to. Furthermore, it appears that these gusset plates also somehow supports the floor beams; those seem to be welded on, unless there are hangers hidden under the bridge that I could not see from above.

If anything, this bridge reminds me of the Church Street bridge in Bloomsbury, a 1910 Warren built in a similar way but to a bigger scale, and also with similar built-in outriggers.


Pony truss bridge over a branch of Wickecheoke Creek on Rake Factory Road
Hunterdon County, New Jersey
Open to traffic
Built 1915; moved 1950; rehabilitated 1994
Warren pony truss
Length of largest span: 51.2 ft.
Total length: 53.2 ft.
Deck width: 14.8 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.51361, -74.92111   (decimal degrees)
40°30'49" N, 74°55'16" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/506683/4484768 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
NJ 100Q160 (New Jersey bridge number)
BH 25304 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 06/2013)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Appraisal: Functionally obsolete
Sufficiency rating: 53.4 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2013)

Update Log 

  • September 5, 2012: Essay added by Andrew Pearce