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Jackson Street Bridge

Jackson Street Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: September 6, 2019

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Jackson Street (Pedestrian Walkway) Over Assupink Creek
Trenton: Mercer County, New Jersey: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1888 By Builder/Contractor: New Jersey Steel and Iron Company of Trenton, New Jersey

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
125 Feet (38.1 Meters)
Structure Length
125 Feet (38.1 Meters)
Roadway Width
22 Feet (6.71 Meters)
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This bridge is noted for being built by an important New Jersey company, and also for its skewed design. It is a old, 1888 pin-connected truss bridge, and its roadway width is wider than most surviving bridges from this period. It has a wider roadway because of its urban location. The bridge today serves non-motorized traffic only.

While the Historic Bridge Inventory for New Jersey did not survey this bridge, they did mention it and its builder in discussion for another bridge that the same company constructed. An excerpt from this follows:

It was fabricated and possibly designed by the New Jersey Steel and Iron Company of Trenton, one of the most important mills in the country prior to its absorption into the Carnegie's American Bridge Company in 1901. The company was established as the Trenton Iron Company in 1846 when Peter Hewitt received a $180,000. contract for rolled iron rail from the Camden & Amboy Railroad. In 1854 the company produced the first rolled 7" I-beams. The rolled beams were to revolutionize building construction. Trenton Iron & Steel Co. produced all kinds of structural steel, including shaped steel for many New York City skyscrapers, elevated street railways in New York and Brooklyn, and even Civil War-era gun barrels. Mercer County records indicate that many New Jersey Steel and Iron Company bridges once stood in the county. The non-extant mid-1880s viaducts over North Olden and Southard Streets in Trenton were their work as is the extant 1888 Jackson Street Pratt truss in Trenton.


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