Willow Avenue Underpass
An 8 rib, skewed, brick arch railway underpass, with coursed ashlar wingwalls and bluestone stonework forming the outer 2 ribs and the top edge along the deck. Each arch rib is offset about 2 feet from the next one at the base, but smoothly concurrent at the crown. This gives the arch a look of 8 arch "slices" laid together, for a very impressive effect. Wingwall on one side is straight and slightly less than vertical, while on the other is semi-circular concave and stepped down from the top of the overpass. Together the walls make you feel like you're being rammed down a funnel, even though the arch opening is easily 20 feet high if not more.
This is an absolutely delightful example of the mason's art, and hardly a brick has dislodged in the century and more since it's creation.
This one lane underpass is imposing in it's height, but most of the details remain in shadow most of the time. You have to stop and investigate to find them.
- Stone arch bridge over Willow Avenue on Railroad
- Bloomsbury, Hunterdon County, New Jersey
- Open to traffic
- Brick arch / Stone arch
- Skew angle
- 45 degrees
- Approximate latitude, longitude
- +40.65229, -75.09032 (decimal degrees)
40°39'08" N, 75°05'25" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
- Approximate UTM coordinates
- 18/492364/4500162 (zone/easting/northing)
- USGS topographic map
- Inventory number
- BH 53587 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- September 25, 2012: Updated by Andrew Pearce: added detailed description and one of my own photos.
- September 21, 2012: Added by Luke Harden
- Luke Harden - lukemh9 [at] gmail [dot] com