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Milford Road Overpass

Photos 

Photo taken by Andrew Pearce in September 2012

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BH Photo #238482

Map 

Description 

"The 1891 9-panel Howe pony truss bridge is of riveted construction. It rests on bearing plates supported on 1917 concrete abutments with wingwalls. It has timber stringers and deck. The deck is cambered, but not the truss. Three blast plates remain. Knee braces are used at each floorbeam rather than outriggers. The floorbeams are attached to only the inside plate of the bottom chord. The bridge is extremely well preserved, and it is one of the most distinctive early RR spans in the area."

Facts 

Overview
Wrought iron Howe pony truss bridge over Lehigh Valley Mainline on Milford Road in Bloomsbury
Location
Bloomsbury, Hunterdon County, New Jersey
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1891, altered 1917; rehabilitated 1933-4
Builder
- Philadelphia Bridge Works
Design
Howe pony truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 91.9 ft.
Total length: 96.1 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.64722, -75.09028   (decimal degrees)
40°38'50" N, 75°05'25" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/492367/4499600 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Bloomsbury
Inventory numbers
NJ 1050160 (New Jersey bridge number)
BH 25280 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 12/2014)
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: 58.8 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
145

Update Log 

  • September 1, 2012: Updated by Andrew Pearce: Added category "Wrought iron"

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Comments 

Milford Road Bridge
Posted September 2, 2012, by Andrew Pearce (Drew458 [at] barking-moonbat [dot] com)

Thanks Tony! Ribbon lacing is a good name for it; probably the proper name, so I added that to the photo caption.

Milford Road Bridge
Posted September 1, 2012, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This is a very unique span Andrew! I love the Ribbon-lacing seen in pic #6. you don't see it in very many bridges.