Status: Progress Made
1997 Trust grant to Higginsville Road Bridges, link Hunterdon and Somerset counties
threatened by neglect, development pressures for replacement, deferred maintenance
represent state industrial heritage, skill that developed and made skyscrapers possible
8/00 county rejected preservation proposal for Peck’s Ferry Bridge (NR) DEP has pictures
4/00 A1673 grants to local govents to repair or rebuilt structuraly deficient bridges carrying county or municipal roads
1/01 North Jersey Transportation Planning gave $140,000 to Hunterdon C. for planning preservation of Rockefellow’s Mills Road Bridge
Bridges continue to be lost due to accident, but county conducted survey, is developing preservation management plan and will do aggressive public outreach
New Jersey’s historic truss bridges stand as a testament to the States’ industrial heritage as well as its geographical location as a vital link between the major urban centers of New York City and Philadelphia, as well as between the industrial center of metro-New York and the energy supplying coal mines of Pennsylvania.
The significance of truss bridges extends beyond the importance of the bridges alone. It has been argued that these bridges were the precursor to the iron and steel frame skyscrapers which never would have been possible without the understanding of the materials achieved through bridge experimentation.
Andrea Tingey, NJ HPO
PO Box 404
Trenton, NJ 08625-0404
Stephanie Stephens, Hunterdon County Cultural & Heritage Commission,
3 Chorister Place
Flemington, NJ 08822-2900