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Built in 1938, this bridge is a relatively early example of a welded truss bridge. An interesting detail on this bridge however is that the floorbeams are reused from some other pin-connected truss bridge, perhaps the previous one at this very location, or perhaps another one entirely. The salvaged and reused riveted floor beams have two large holes visible in the flanges at each end of the beams, this was for the u-bolt hangers of the previous pin-connected truss bridge that they were a part of. Outriggers have been welded to the ends of these floor beams.
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Discussion of Bridge
The one-span welded pony truss bridge is set on stone abutments, one of them with a later concrete buttress. The truss is composed of rolled I-sections welded together with gusset plates. The floorbeams are built-up with flange angles riveted to the web plates. Rolled stringers support a timber deck. The bridge replaces a pin-connected Pratt pony truss. It is one of three welded pony trusses crossing the same creek in Pohatcong Township. Although the bridge conveys the concept of the truss design, it no longer retains integrity of materials or design and is not individually eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places, nor does it currently contribute to an identified historic district.
Discussion of Surrounding Area
The bridge is located in a wooded area with scattered residences. The one-lane bridge carries a winding road over a stream.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No
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