Shear Pole Type

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Shear Poles are swing bridges with A Frames that draws the A Frame and the swing pivots aside for marine traffic. Not many are constructed today and most or all shear pole swing bridges are removed.

Alexander Road Canal Swing Bridge (A-frame) (Mercer County, New Jersey)
Lost Bridge over Delaware & Raratan Canal on Alexander Road
Replaced by a new bridge

Canal bridge at Zarephath (Somerset County, New Jersey)
Lost Bridge over D&R Canal
Replaced by a new bridge

CRCX - Paulsboro Draw (Gloucester County, New Jersey)
Built 1893; damaged by a derailment on November 30th, 2012 and replaced shortly thereafter
Lost swing bridge over Mantua Creek on Conrail Shared Assets Operations
Replaced by a new bridge

Delaware and Raritan Canal Bridge - Harrison Street (Mercer County, New Jersey)
Lost Bridge over Delaware & Raritan Canal on Harrison Street
No longer exists

East Millstone Canal Bridge (Somerset County, New Jersey)
Lost Bridge over Delaware & Raritan Canal on Amwell Road
Replaced by a new bridge

FEC - Jewfish Creek Bridge (Monroe County, Florida)
Built 1907; Removed ?
Lost Deck plate girder bridge over Jewfish Creek on Florida East Coast Railway
Removed

Griggstown Causeway Canal Swing Bridge (Somerset County, New Jersey)
Lost Bridge over Delaware & Raritan Canal on Griggstown Causeway
Replaced by a new bridge

Landing Lane Delaware & Raritan Canal Bridge (old) (Middlesex County, New Jersey)
Lost Bridge over D & R Canal on Landing Lane
Replaced by a new bridge

LIRR - Long Beach Bridge (Old) (Nassau County, New York)
Built 1912; Replaced 1988
Lost Deck girder bridge over Reynolds Channel on Long Island RR
Replaced by a new bridge

Manville Causeway D&R Swing Bridge (Somerset County, New Jersey)
Lost Bridge over Delaware & Raritan Canal on Manville Causeway - Wihousky St.
Replaced by a new bridge

PRSL - Corson's Inlet Drawbridge (Cape May County, New Jersey)
Lost Deck plate girder bridge over Corson's Inlet on former West Jersey & Seashore RR
Removed but not replaced

PRSL - Grassy Sound Bridge (Old) (Cape May County, New Jersey)
Replaced 1913
Movable A-frame deck plate girder over Grassy Sound on Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Lines
Replaced by a new bridge

PRSL - Townsends Inlet Bridge (Cape May County, New Jersey)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Townsends Inlet on former West Jersey & Seashore RR
Removed but not replaced

Reedy Point Bridge (Older) (New Castle County, Delaware)
Built 1910; replaced 1926
Lost Concrete stringer Shear pole bridge over Chesapeake & Delaware River on Route 9
No longer exists

USMRR - Potomac River Bridge (Old) (Prince George's County, Maryland)
Built 1864
Lost Bridge over Potomac River
Replaced by a new bridge

Wanamaker Avenue Bridge (Old) (Delaware County, Pennsylvania)
Replaced in 1930
Lost Concrete stringer bridge over Darby Creek on Wanamaker Avenue Bridge Route 95
Replaced by a new bridge