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Valley Road Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Patrick Gurwell in September 2020

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BH Photo #482078

Map 

Street View 

Facts 

Overview
Bridge over Moores Creek on Valey Road
Location
Hopewell, Mercer County, New Jersey
Status
Open to traffic
Design
Slab with modified (Bear Tavern Road superstructure) 1883 King Pratt placed on top as decoration
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.33555, -74.89929   (decimal degrees)
40°20'08" N, 74°53'57" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/508554/4465005 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Lambertville
Inventory number
BH 72875 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

Built 1918 (496)
Built during 1910s (9,633)
Have street view (26,938)
Hopewell, New Jersey (9)
Mercer County, New Jersey (80)
New Jersey (1,522)
Open (39,880)
Owned by county (20,782)
Slab (2,063)

Update Log 

  • September 21, 2020: New photos from Patrick Gurwell
  • November 2, 2018: Updated by Art Suckewer: revised to eliminate duplicate and capture replacement
  • July 22, 2016: New Street View added by Art Suckewer

Sources 

  • Art Suckewer - Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com
  • Patrick Gurwell - pgurwell [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

Valley Road Bridge
Posted September 27, 2020, by Patrick Gurwell (pgurwell [at] gmali [dot] com)

Art,

I totally agree. Its location on such a short road doesn't seem like it is necessary to have such a high weight limit.

Valley Road Bridge
Posted September 26, 2020, by Art S. (Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Regarding the Bear Tavern trusses, its nice that they have been repurposed but, in many ways its actually a shame. They did a good job disassembling it and it was complete. I wish they would have found a purpose for it at a different location that allowed the entire original structure to remain complete and functional.

Valley Road Bridge
Posted September 26, 2020, by Art S. (Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Or they could have it fixed and reopened at a fraction of the cost... If there is any road in the county where a historic truss is adequate for the needs, its this one.

Regards,

Art S.

Valley Road Bridge
Posted September 26, 2020, by Patrick Gurwell (pgurwell [at] gmail [dot] com)

Art,

Thank you. It was good to see parts of the old bridge anyway. Seems they could easily build a new bridge to the left or right of the current Mine Road Bridge, and leave the current bridge intact for pedestrians/ fishermen.

Patrick

Valley Road Bridge
Posted September 21, 2020, by Art S. (Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Patrick,

Thanks for posting these. Your photos do a very nice job of showing how parts of the old Bear Tavern Road trusses were cut and spliced to create the decorative truss element.

Now to try and stop this from happening to the Mine Road Bridge!

Regards,

Art S.