Rating:
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Bayonne Bridge

Photos 

Oblique view

Photo taken by Wayne Grodkiewicz

BH Photo #108054

Map 

Street Views 

Description 

The main span of this bridge is nearly identical to that of the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Australia.

Facts 

Overview
Steel through arch bridge over Kill Van Kull between Bayonne and Staten Island
Location
Bayonne, Hudson County, New Jersey, and Richmond County, New York
Status
Toll bridge open to traffic
History
Built 1931
Builders
- Cass Gilbert of Zanesville, Ohio
- Leon Moisseiff of Riga, Latvia
- Othmar Ammann of Feuerthalen, Canton of Zürich, Switzerland
Design
Steel through arch
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 1,675.0 ft.
Total length: 5,780.0 ft. (1.1 mi.)
Deck width: 85.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.64236, -74.14173   (decimal degrees)
40°38'32" N, 74°08'30" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/572571/4499410 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Elizabeth
Inventory numbers
NY 5523040 (New York State bridge identification number)
BH 25224 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 09/2011)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Appraisal: Functionally obsolete
Sufficiency rating: 45.2 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2011)
23,900

Update Log 

  • July 4, 2014: New Street View added by Ralph Demars
  • July 10, 2013: New Street View added by Dave King
  • January 17, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added architect.
  • June 15, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added GPS.
  • November 24, 2009: New photos from Jason Smith
  • November 23, 2008: New photos from James Baughn
  • October 2, 2006: Posted photos from Wayne Grodkiewicz

Sources 

  • Wayne Grodkiewicz - WGrodkiewi [at] aol [dot] com
  • Wikipedia
  • HAER NJ-66 - Bayonne Bridge, Spanning Kill Van Kull between Bayonne & Staten Is, Bayonne, Hudson County, NJ
  • Jason Smith - flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com
  • Nathan Holth
  • Luke
  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Historicbridges.org - by Nathan Holth

Comments 

Bayonne Bridge
Posted December 8, 2017, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

The Nov 13, 2017 edition of The New Yorker has a nice article on the project.

Bayonne Bridge
Posted December 1, 2014, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

The first evidence of the higher deck construction has begun to appear with the addition of more steel supports above the original steel frame at the Staten Island end of the arch span. The added steel supports appear to include built-up beams that match the originals, albeit bolted instead of riveted. See webcam photo.

Bayonne Bridge
Posted July 20, 2011, by Lyon Wonder (lyon_wonder [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The Bayonne Bridge isn't the first large bridge that's had it's height increased.

The Bridge of the Gods on the Columbia River between OR and WA height was raised in the early 1940s.

http://bridgehunter.com/or/hood-river/bh36607/

Bayonne Bridge
Posted July 20, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Yes, the bridge will not be replaced, but from what I can see it will be severely altered and it will lose a significant amount of historic integrity of appearance, design, and materials. I strongly recommend that anyone interested in visiting and photographing this nationally significant historic bridge do so prior to this project taking place.

Bayonne Bridge
Posted July 20, 2011, by Brad Smith (gaberdine [at] hotmail [dot] com`)

Novel modification of the bridge apparently is forthcoming. A major project to increase the waterway clearance by about 65'.

http://www.nj.com/news/jjournal/bayonne/index.ssf?/base/news...