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Lower Landsdown Road Bridge


West portal view. Note diagonal bracing on portal; this was added at a later date.

Photo taken by Andrew Pearce in July 2012


BH Photo #237583


Street View 


One of the 3 Phoenix column cast and wrought iron bridges in the county, the Lower Landsdown Road Bridge is in nearly perfect and nearly original condition. It is open to vehicular traffic although it is rated only for light loads ( 6 tons ).

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Phoenix column Pratt through truss bridge over Capoolong Creek on Lower Landsdown Road
Hunterdon County, New Jersey
Open to traffic
Built 1885; rehabilitated 1982
- Dean & Westbrook of New York, New York
Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 87.9 ft.
Total length: 94.2 ft.
Deck width: 15.7 ft.
Skew angle
17 degrees
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.60750, -74.91583   (decimal degrees)
40°36'27" N, 74°54'57" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/507120/4495190 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
NJ 10XXF82 (New Jersey bridge number)
BH 25276 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of April 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 24.2 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • April 24, 2021: New photos from Geoff Hubbs
  • March 26, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • July 18, 2020: New photos from Patrick Gurwell
  • September 30, 2016: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Wrought Iron"
  • September 30, 2016: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein



Lower Landsdown Road Bridge
Posted September 14, 2021, by Art S. (Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

I suspect it has to do with the substructure/abutments. If you do take a road trip for photos, please get Hamp road as well.


Art S.

Lower Landsdown Road Bridge
Posted September 14, 2021, by drew458 (apearce2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Lower Landsdown Road is still closed from storm Ida. I want to get down there with a camera and see if this bridge is OK. There was a lot of flooding in Hunterdon County; the Payne Road bridge is also closed along with several others. Lowthorpe's creation by the damn in Clinton survived just fine, having just been repaired a week or so before the storm. Stanton Station Road bridge is open, Kucineck Road bridge I don't know about. The one up on the Musconetcong and the ancient one in Glen Gardner I don't know about either. Quite a number of old railroad bridges in the area too. We've got a lot of very old iron bridges around here, several of them lovingly restored, and we had a lot of short term flooding.

Lower Landsdown Road Bridge
Posted April 6, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Ah, missed it. I need to recalibrate my eyeballs, they were off by 3 degrees.

By the way, this one of two skewed phoenix column bridges in NJ, Hibernia Mine Railroad being the other: http://www.hmdb.org/marker.asp?marker=60366


Art S.

Lower Landsdown Road Bridge
Posted April 6, 2014, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Check HistoricBridges.org :) Its actually a 17 degree skew. Extremely rare among Phoenix column bridges.

Lower Landsdown Road Bridge
Posted April 6, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

I didn't notice it mentioned but this bridge has a slight skew to it. Probably 20 degrees or so. I noticed it while driving over it but you can sort of see it in some of the pictures.


Art S.