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PATH - Hackensack River Bridge


Photo taken by Geoff Hubbs in March 1979


BH Photo #444143


Street View 


This structure is one of a series of bridges constructed in the early twentieth century to carry railroad lines through northern New Jersey towards New York City. It is a skewed vertical lift bridge, built so that water borne commerce along the Hackensack River would not be impeded by the railroad line. One of the approach spans is a Pratt through truss with inclined end-posts. This is a good example of movable bridge technology developed by American engineers in the early twentieth century.

-- Historic American Engineering Record


Through truss lift bridge over Hackensack River on Railroad
Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey
Open to traffic
Built 1930
- Arthur McMullen Co. of New York City, New York (Riverine Substructure)
- Bethlehem Steel Co. of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (Superstructure)
- Frederick Snare, Inc (Concrete Deck)
- J. Rich Steers, Inc (East Approach Substructure)
- Senior & Palmer, Inc. of New York, New York (West Approach Substructure)
- Hudson & Manhattan Railroad (H&M)
- Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR)
- Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH)
- Rapid Transit
- Subway
Through truss
Vertical lift
Also called
PRR - Hackensack River Passenger Line Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.74026, -74.08357   (decimal degrees)
40°44'25" N, 74°05'01" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/577375/4510327 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Jersey City
Inventory number
BH 57016 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 2, 2019: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • April 25, 2018: Updated by Luke: Added builders from Railway Age, Volume 91
  • March 17, 2014: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • July 6, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Railroad", "Hackensack River", "Norfolk Southern Railway"
  • July 6, 2013: Added by Dave King


  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Douglas Butler
  • HAER NJ-44 - Path Transit System Bridge, Spanning Hackensack River, Kearny, Hudson County, NJ
  • Luke


PATH - Hackensack River Bridge
Posted December 12, 2018, by Jim Fetchero (jfetch [at] aol [dot] com)

Here are some pictures of the PATH Hackensack Life Bridge, all taken on March 15, 1996 when I was able to visit the bridge.