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Cratetown Road Bridge

Cratetown Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth and Rick McOmber

Bridge Documented: July 11, 2008

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Key Facts

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

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
1997
Main Span Length
40 Feet (12.19 Meters)
Structure Length
41 Feet (12.5 Meters)
Roadway Width
15.4 Feet (4.69 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
100C026

Historic Significance Rating (HSR)

Bridge Documentation

This bridge no longer exists!

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This bridge is much nicer looking than any modern bridge would be, and it is nice to see that Hunterdon County has chosen to alter this bridge than than demolish and replace it. That said, from an aesthetic and historic standpoint, the alterations made to this bridge are large, obstructive, and messy looking. Large plate substitute diagonal members have been welded on to the truss, covering up the original bridge material. These alterations are not sensitive to the historic character of the bridge and they detract greatly from the potential historic significance of this bridge.

Information and Findings From New Jersey's Historic Bridge Inventory

Discussion of Bridge

The skewed 3-panel pin-connected half hip Pratt pony truss is supported on ashlar abutments with wingwalls. Loop forged eye rods form the bottom chord. Floorbeams are original. Welded additions and repairs including additional diagonals and bottom chord members, and plates welded to panel points mar the original design and type. One of over 20 half-hip pony truss spans in the county, other documented examples of the well-represented type are more complete (10WD120). The bridge is not noteworthy.

Discussion of Surrounding Area

The bridge carries one lane of a lightly traveled country road over a minor stream. It is located in a rural wooded setting with sparse modern development. It is adjacent to an old mill race. No above ground resources from the mill remain.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No

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