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Meadow Lane Bridge

Meadow Lane Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: November 8, 2015

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Meadow Lane Over North Branch Rockaway Creek
Rural: Hunterdon County, New Jersey: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
By Builder/Contractor: Dover Boiler Works of Dover, New Jersey

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Main Span Length
60 Feet (18.3 Meters)
Structure Length
61 Feet (18.6 Meters)
Roadway Width
13.5 Feet (4.11 Meters)
1 Main Span(s)
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Bridge Documentation

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This bridge was built ca. 1901 according to the Historic Bridge Inventory. Based on "style" the inventory suggested that the Dover Boiler Works built this bridge. Yet the bridge does not have any outstanding unusual details, something even the inventory noted. In fact the vertical members composed of paired angles and lattice, and the small custom-shaped plates that fit over the pins at the end connections of the top chord are also similar to the design used by the Canton Bridge Company of Canton, Ohio. So unless the inventory had additional uncited information, the Dover Boiler Works association should not be considered "for certain." The bridge does have one unusual detail, and that is for a span of its small size, the end  panel diagonal member eyebars are enormous, composed of 1 1/2" or 1 3/4" square stock!

The bridge was altered/repaired in 1958 and 1991.

Information and Findings From New Jersey's Historic Bridge Inventory

Discussion of Bridge

The 3-panel pin-connected half hip Pratt pony truss bridge is supported on random ashlar abutments. It is traditionally composed and exhibits no unusual details. Alterations are minor and include welded additions to the bottom chord eye bars, a new floor system, and outriggers. One of several pony truss spans built in the county by the local Dover Boiler Works before 1919, this example as complete as 10XXF48 that ha been evaluated as significant. It is not noteworthy based on its design and alterations.

Discussion of Surrounding Area

The bridge carries one lane of a lightly traveled country road over a minor stream in a wooded rural setting and sparse development. Most of the surroundings are is dedicated to agricultural use.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No


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