Farnsworth Avenue Bridge
The Farnsworth Avenue bridge is the oldest carriage bridge constructed over modern railroad tracks made of rolled iron and inverted T-rails, wrote local train enthusiast Pierre Lacombe in a letter to the Department of Transportation.
It dates back to the Camden & Amboy Railroad, the state’s first permanent railroad and one of the first in the country. The bridge and tunnel is the largest manmade structure along the entirety of the C&A corridor.
Its original keystone marker, still intact, is dated 1831, and the original stone sleepers are still present around the tracks. Graffiti that goes back to the 1800s — likely the initials of the men who built the structure — can be found on the tunnel walls.
1911 construction allegedly incorporated stone arch of 1831 overpass, which would make this possibly the oldest railroad overpass in the Western Hemisphere.
- Stone arch bridge over NS RR Robinsville Secondary on Farnsworth Avenue in Bordentown
- Bordentown, Burlington County, New Jersey
- Open to traffic
- Keystone says 1831 - stone arch. Reworked in 1911
- - Camden & Amboy Railroad
- - Conrail (CR)
- Norfolk Southern Railway (NS)
- Penn Central Railroad (PC)
- Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR)
- Stone arch, topped by later construction
Span length: 22.0 ft.
Total length: 22.0 ft.
Deck width: 38.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 99.9 ft.
Listed as a contributing resource to the Bordentown Historic District
- Approximate latitude, longitude
- +40.14778, -74.71278 (decimal degrees)
40°08'52" N, 74°42'46" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
- Approximate UTM coordinates
- 18/524582/4444168 (zone/easting/northing)
- Quadrangle map:
- Trenton East
- Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
- Inventory numbers
- NJ 0350162 (New Jersey bridge number)
BH 25102 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- Inspection report (as of October 2017)
- Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 58.8 (out of 100)
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- April 21, 2021: Updated by Art Suckewer: Added pics build date, added to the description and other details
- March 29, 2021: New photo from Alexander D. Mitchell IV
- Alexander D. Mitchell IV
- Art Suckewer - Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com