This bridge is a noteworthy structure because of its cambered deck, which is carried through in the shape of the top and bottom chord, which is why this bridge is considered a Pratt, not a Parker, even though the top chord is technically slightly polygonal.
This bridge is at a sharp angle to the approaching roadway.
Information and Findings From New Jersey's Historic Bridge Inventory
Discussion of Bridge
The skewed, 6-panel riveted pony truss bridge is built with a slight camber, a common railroad overpass design detail. Vertical members are laced angles reinforced with battens at the bottom. Center panel diagonals are also reinforced with a central gusset plate and battens. One of over 10 Pratt pony truss bridges in the county, the undocumented span, which may have been moved to this location because of its skew angle, is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places under Criterion C as a representative example of the over 70 metal truss bridges in Hunterdon County which date from the late 1860s until the late 1920s.
Discussion of Surrounding Area
The bridge carries Pennsylvania Avenue over the Central New Jersey South Branch Railroad. It is located on a sharp curve in a rural setting on the edge of Flemington. A gravel mill is nearby.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes
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