Rating:
4 votes

West Main Street Bridge

Photos 

View, Looking From Northwest, Showing Approach

Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #137455

Map 

Street View 

Facts 

Overview
Two-span iron pony truss bridge over South Branch Raritan River on W. Main Street in Clinton
Location
Clinton, Hunterdon County, New Jersey
Status
Open to one-way traffic
History
Built 1870 by the Cowin Iron Works
Builders
- Charles Cowin
- Cowin Iron Works of Lambertville, New Jersey
- William Cowin
Design
Two pin-connected, 8-panel, wrought- and cast-iron Pratt pony trusses with vertical endposts
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 85.0 ft.
Total length: 170.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.7 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.63601, -74.91207   (decimal degrees)
40°38'10" N, 74°54'43" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/507435/4498355 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
High Bridge
Inventory numbers
NJ 10XX0N1 (New Jersey bridge number)
BH 25277 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 07/2015)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 19.7 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
370

Update Log 

  • November 9, 2017: New photos from Dana and Kay Klein
  • July 13, 2013: Updated by Dave King: Added new photos
  • December 23, 2012: New photo from Andrew Pearce
  • August 7, 2010: New Street View added by James Baughn
  • April 19, 2009: Posted HAER photos

Sources 

Comments 

West Main Street Bridge
Posted February 15, 2015, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

nice website related to the bridge with pictures:

http://taimages.railstotrails.org/6-Historic-Preservation-Re...

West Main Street Bridge
Posted August 22, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)
West Main Street Bridge
Posted April 6, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

I drove over this bridge over the weekend. It is really magnificent in person. For those traveling through the NY metro area, it less than an hour by car from Newark International (not that I recommend flying into Newark, but if you must...).

At first, the cream color that Hunterdon is now using on its antique metal bridges didn't appeal to me but it really works on making this one stand out.

The castings appear to be in great shape and all of the pertinent info is cast into the top chords. The only issue is an apparent dip in the deck of the western span when viewed from the north (the top chord does not seem to be affected).

Its amazing that this bridge is a tourist attraction while a bridge just one year newer (Meadville, PA) is about to come down.

Regards,

Art S.