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Cleveland Bridge


NJ 16M 1

Photo taken by Chester Gehman in June 2018


BH Photo #429902

Street View 


A bailey truss has been added inboard of the original lenticular trusses. The text from a sign on the road leading to the bridge.

The Cleveland Bridge -1888- Named for Grover Cleveland of N.J., it replaced an 1840's wooden bridge that served the extensive timbre industry in the Ramapo Mountains. Constructed by the Berlin Iron Bridge Co. East Berlin, Conn., the major iron bridge builders of the northeast, it is one of two Ramapo River bridges which survived the record flood of 1903. Repaired in 1923 and historically restored by the County in 1983, it is the oldest of it's type by this builder in New Jersey. The lenticular truss design is also called "Bowstring" or "Pumpkin-seed" because of its profile. The Cleveland Bridge is the County's only functioning wood-decked traffic bridge. Mahwah Historic Sites Committee 1988


Lenticular Pony truss bridge over Ramapo River on Bear Swamp Road
Bergen County, New Jersey
Open to traffic
Built 1888; rehabilitated 1923; restored in 1983
- Berlin Iron Bridge Co. of East Berlin, Connecticut
Pin-connected Lenticular pony truss with an added bailey truss inside
Length of largest span: 83.0 ft.
Total length: 84.0 ft.
Deck width: 13.8 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Bear Swamp Road Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.06577, -74.20818   (decimal degrees)
41°03'57" N, 74°12'29" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/566527/4546360 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory numbers
NJ 020033A (New Jersey bridge number)
BH 25054 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of April 2018)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 58.2 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • July 22, 2020: New photos from Patrick Gurwell
  • July 1, 2018: New photos from Chester Gehman
  • August 18, 2012: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Bailey truss"
  • August 14, 2012: Updated by Fmiser: Changed the name and added the contents of a description sign.
  • April 21, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added GPS and info.


  • Nathan Holth
  • Fmiser - fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Chester Gehman - gehmanc2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Patrick Gurwell - pgurwell [at] gmail [dot] com


Cleveland Bridge
Posted November 25, 2017, by Don Morrison

Grover Cleveland got himself a bridge... and it's a lenticular pony.

Cleveland Bridge
Posted August 14, 2012, by Nathan Holth

Yes, the name Cleveland Bridge is appropriate.

Cleveland Bridge
Posted August 14, 2012, by Fmiser (fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com)

I got an email with the following links. Based on these images, I changed the name of the brige. I'm not a local so I'm just gussing. Is the name on the sign the best choice for the name on Bridgehunter?