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Milford Road Overpass


Photo taken by Andrew Pearce in September 2012


BH Photo #238482

Street View 


"The 1891 9-panel Howe pony truss bridge is of riveted construction. It rests on bearing plates supported on 1917 concrete abutments with wingwalls. It has timber stringers and deck. The deck is cambered, but not the truss. Three blast plates remain. Knee braces are used at each floorbeam rather than outriggers. The floorbeams are attached to only the inside plate of the bottom chord. The bridge is extremely well preserved, and it is one of the most distinctive early RR spans in the area."


Wrought iron Howe pony truss bridge over NS Lehigh Valley Mainline on Milford Road in Bloomsbury
Bloomsbury, Hunterdon County, New Jersey
Open to traffic
Built 1891, altered 1917; rehabilitated 1933-4
- Philadelphia Bridge Works of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Conrail (CR)
- Lehigh Valley Railroad (LV)
- Norfolk Southern Railway (NS)
Howe pony truss
Length of largest span: 91.9 ft.
Total length: 96.1 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.64722, -75.09028   (decimal degrees)
40°38'50" N, 75°05'25" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/492367/4499600 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory numbers
NJ 1050160 (New Jersey bridge number)
BH 25280 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of November 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 58.8 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • December 8, 2021: New photos from Geoff Hubbs
  • December 28, 2020: New photos from Patrick Gurwell
  • January 9, 2019: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • September 1, 2012: Updated by Andrew Pearce: Added category "Wrought iron"



Milford Road Bridge
Posted September 2, 2012, by Andrew Pearce (Drew458 [at] barking-moonbat [dot] com)

Thanks Tony! Ribbon lacing is a good name for it; probably the proper name, so I added that to the photo caption.

Milford Road Bridge
Posted September 1, 2012, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This is a very unique span Andrew! I love the Ribbon-lacing seen in pic #6. you don't see it in very many bridges.