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Bear Tavern Bridge


Bear Tavern Bridge

Photo by Preservation New Jersey September 2009

License: Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike (CC BY-SA)


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BH Photo #449643


Street View 


Through truss bridge over Jacobs Creek on Bear Tavern Road (CR 579)
Mercer County, New Jersey
New bridge open; Truss stored
Future prospects
To be restored at or near Howell Living History Farm
Built 1882 by the King Bridge Co.; rehabilitated 1950; closed to traffic Sept. 2009
- King Bridge Co. of Cleveland, Ohio
Wrought iron, 6-panel, pin-connected Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 70.9 ft.
Total length: 75.1 ft.
Deck width: 16.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 12.6 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Jacobs Creek Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.29204, -74.84075   (decimal degrees)
40°17'31" N, 74°50'27" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/513535/4460183 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory numbers
NJ 1100060 (New Jersey bridge number)
BH 25353 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2016)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 79.1 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • June 12, 2019: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • April 13, 2015: Updated by Art Suckewer: Updated status
  • November 12, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Relocated"
  • May 16, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth
  • October 28, 2009: Bridge is closed to traffic; updated history and design

Related Bridges 



Bear Tavern Bridge
Posted March 11, 2015, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

New bridge won an award. Old bridge is confirmed to be stored for future restoration and erection at the Howell Living History farm.


With a bit of luck there will be three historic bridges added to the three existing historic bridges in the valley.

Bear Tavern Bridge
Posted September 19, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Interesting comments from the locals (below the political comments):


Bear Tavern Bridge
Posted September 9, 2014, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Totally unimpressive!!!

Bear Tavern Bridge
Posted September 9, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)
Bear Tavern Bridge
Posted September 6, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

New bridge to open soon - i saw it the oher day, its a concrete slab. Article mentions that the old truss will be re-erected at the Howel Living History Farm which is a few miles away. Apparently it will be erected next to a 1972 concrete slab bridge that replaced a similar King truss bridge.


Bear Tavern Bridge
Posted May 15, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)
Bear Tavern Bridge
Posted May 15, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Most of the links with pictures are dead in the other posts are dead. Here is a large set of pictures that are still viewable. Can someone bring the pictures across to this website while the link still works?

Bear Tavern Bridge
Posted February 17, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

The latest that I have heard is that the Bear Tavern Road bridge will be placed across Moore's Creek (same stream as the Hunter Road Bridge) adjacent to the bridge built in 1972 that carries Valley Road over Moore's Creek. Apparently there was a King through truss at this location prior to 1972.

Bear Tavern Bridge
Posted November 12, 2013, by Art S. (Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Latest update; apparently, the truss will be put up at Howel Living History Farm. There is an 1890s Variety Iron Works pony already there.


Bear Tavern Bridge
Posted January 4, 2013, by Art (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Bridge was taken down after Hurricane Irene


It is in storage and may be installed near by sometime in the future.

Bear Tavern Bridge
Posted September 29, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Article on this span in the latest National Trust for Historic Preservation newsletter:


Bear Tavern Bridge
Posted February 11, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Attached is a press release that provides information on efforts of local community to get this bridge preserved in place for continued vehicular use.

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