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Southard Street Bridge (Old)

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Photo taken by Governors Phil Murphy and Sheila Oliver

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

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BH Photo #494599

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Facts 

Overview
Lost Through truss bridge over Delaware & Rarittan Canal on Southard Street / Viaduct
Location
Trenton, Mercer County, New Jersey
Status
No longer exists
Future prospects
Bridge 8
History
Built in 1880 ; replaced in 1922
Design
Through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.22809, -74.75678   (decimal degrees)
40°13'41" N, 74°45'24" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/520691/4453101 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 92584 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

19th Century (7,698)
Bobtail Swing Bridge (25)
Built 1880 (182)
Built during 1880s (2,020)
Lost (25,492)
Lost 1922 (66)
Lost during 1920s (505)
Mercer County, New Jersey (83)
Movable (3,018)
New Jersey (1,608)
Pratt through truss (5,479)
Pratt truss (9,428)
Swing (1,485)
Through truss (15,327)
Trenton, New Jersey (14)
Truss (33,215)

Update Log 

  • April 6, 2021: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • April 5, 2021: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • April 3, 2021: New photo from Douglas Butler

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Comments 

Southard Street Bridge (Old)
Posted April 6, 2021, by Douglas Butler

This is for you of my sketch drawing of a swing bridge in the open position with a counter balance Art Enjoy.

Southard Street Bridge (Old)
Posted April 6, 2021, by Douglas Butler

Art

Thanks, I will figure a way to sketch it in the swinging open position with the counterweight at the end.

Southard Street Bridge (Old)
Posted April 6, 2021, by Art S. (Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Douglas,

I like this sketch better than most. My only issue is that I don't think you've captured the novelty of the bridge correctly. It is an asymmetrical swing bridge. The tallest part is in the center of the round pier and everything to the left is similar to an 1870's train turntable. However, to the right, because they didn't have room for the bridge to be symmetrical, there is a big weight under the deck of the stubby side to keep the structure balanced.

I like that your lines are easier to interpret but it would be neat if you could capture the idea of the bridge's design in a drawing to more clearly show how it works.

Regards,

Art S.