This bridge is an early example of a rivet-connected truss bridge. It is also noted for its uncommon double-Warren truss configuration. The bridge does not have major alterations to the trusses and the truss is in good condition, which only adds to its significance. The bridge retains ornamental railings as well. The design of these railings is similar to those used by the Berlin Iron Bridge Company except this bridge subsitutes decorative circular buttons for where Berlin used little flowers. Given this difference its not clear who built this bridge. The plaques on the bridge do not list the builder.
Information and Findings From New Jersey's Historic Bridge Inventory
Discussion of Bridge
The double-intersection Warren thru-truss bridge is supported by gunite-coated abutments with wingwalls. The riveted truss is built of angles and batten plates for diagonals and the bottom chord, with channels and cover plates for the top chord and posts. In 1934, some diagonals were strengthened with welded channels. There are also bolted repairs. Despite the modifications, the span retains much of its original fabric, including handsome railings and is a rare example of an uncommon truss type.
Discussion of Surrounding Area
The bridge is located in an area of altered late-19th century structures used for residential and commercial purposes. The one-lane bridge carries a two-lane street of local traffic over a river. NJ 46 is located 500' north of the bridge.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No
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