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Horseshoe Bend Road Bridge

Horseshoe Bend Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: November 7, 2015

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Horseshoe Bend Road Over Copper Creek
Rural: Hunterdon County, New Jersey: United States
Structure Type
Stone Segmental Deck Arch, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1896 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
21 Feet (6.4 Meters)
Structure Length
21 Feet (6.4 Meters)
Roadway Width
15 Feet (4.57 Meters)
1 Main Span(s)
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Bridge Documentation

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This bridge is in a scenic location where the road takes a sharp bend over the creek. The sharp bend has led to a most unsusual custom-designed road sign to warn trucks being present on the road this bridge is on. It also led to a (very old) alteration on this bridge where a steel beam and concrete was added running from abutment wingwall to arch to slightly widen the bridge at the bend point and make it slightly easier to drive over.

Information and Findings From New Jersey's Historic Bridge Inventory

Discussion of Bridge

The stone arch bridge is founded directly on bedrock. Four stone masonry wing walls extend from the arch. The bridge has been widened at the northwest and southeast corners, using rolled steel I-beams placed diagonally between the spandrel and wingwall. The additions have concrete decks. Repointing is evident, and repairs have been made to the parapets. The numerous alterations have compromised the original design integrity of the bridge. It is not technologically or historically noteworthy.

Discussion of Surrounding Area

The bridge is located in a quiet rural setting of sparse housing and open fields. It carries a single lane of an unimproved road over a minor stream. The roadway accommodates light traffic. The bridge is sited in the center of an S-shaped curve.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No


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