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NS - Church Street Overpass

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Stilts? Bents!

One end of boilerplate girder span rests on abutment, the other end sits on a laced metal post along with the Warren truss: a bent.

The bents have their own diagonals and a bottom chord AND a lower half vertical that supports both diagonals.

Photo taken by Andrew Pearce in September 2012

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BH Photo #238478

Street View 

Description 

"The 3-span bridge is composed of two short deck girder approach spans and a 6-panel riveted Warren with verticals pony truss main span built with curved parallel chords to increase clearance over the tracks. It is supported on concrete abutments and laced steel bents. Riveted outriggers are original. An expansion plate is located in the center of the span. Although there are no distinctive details, it is an unaltered example of a bridge type commonly used by the railroads since the 1890s."

Facts 

Overview
dual truss bridge over NS frmr Lehigh Valley Railroad on Church Street (CR 579) in Bloomsbury
Location
Bloomsbury, Hunterdon County, New Jersey
Status
Open to traffic
Future prospects
bridge has "orphan" status; there is a possibility that it will be replaced. see http://www.bloomsburynewjersey.com/2011_AdditionalFilesPages...
History
Built 1910; rehabilitated 1985
Railroads
- Conrail (CR)
- Lehigh Valley Railroad (LV)
- Norfolk Southern Railway (NS)
Design
arched Warren pony truss with alternating verticals mounted on bents
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 81.0 ft.
Total length: 128.9 ft.
Deck width: 13.8 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 99.9 ft.
Skew angle
45 degrees
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Church Street Bridge
CR 579 Bridge over LVRR
Church Street Bridge over LVRR
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.65040, -75.08282   (decimal degrees)
40°39'01" N, 75°04'58" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/492998/4499952 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Bloomsbury
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
3,760
Inventory numbers
NJ 1050161 (New Jersey bridge number)
BH 25251 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of November 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 41.7 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • December 5, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • February 27, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • December 28, 2020: New photo from Patrick Gurwell
  • June 29, 2013: Updated by Dave King: Corrected GPS coordinates
  • September 1, 2012: Updated by Andrew Pearce: added data, news link, and pictures

Sources 

  • Historicbridges.org - by Nathan Holth
  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Patrick Gurwell - pgurwell [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Geoff Hubbs

Comments 

Church Street Overpass
Posted January 30, 2015, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)