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Ferry Road Bridge

   


Ferry Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: November 7, 2015
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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Ferry Road Over Plum Brook
Location
Rural: Hunterdon County, New Jersey
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1901 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
2003
Main Span Length
48 Feet (14.6 Meters)
Structure Length
50 Feet (15.2 Meters)
Roadway Width
15.7 Feet (4.8 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
100D383

Historic Significance Rating (HSR)

Bridge Documentation

View Archived National Bridge Inventory Report - Has Additional Details and Evaluation

This bridge overall is traditionally composed, however some of the rivets do not have the round heads almost always found on bridges. Instead, some of the rivets are cone heads, and some are steeple heads. In particular, the top chord and end post beams display these. A number of other truss bridges in western New Jersey display these rivet head variations, and it may indicate a common bridge builder.

Information and Findings From New Jersey's Historic Bridge Inventory

Discussion of Bridge

The 3-panel Pratt pin-connected half-hip pony truss bridge is supported on random ashlar abutments with wing walls. The abutments have been reinforced with concrete toe walls. Washers separate the eye bars in the lower pin connections. Alterations include welded plates at the panel points, additional diagonals, and outriggers. The original design has been compromised and render the bridge a technologically undistinguished example of a well-represented bridge type in the county.

Discussion of Surrounding Area

The one-lane bridge carries a quiet country road over a minor stream. It is located in a wooded rural setting with scattered well-maintained modern housing and a farms.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No

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