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Wittpenn Bridge

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Photo taken by Doug Kerr in February 2011

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BH Photo #195615

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Vertical lift bridge over Hackensack River on NJ 7 in Jersey City
Location
Hudson County, New Jersey
Status
Open to traffic
Future prospects
Replacement high level bridge under construction. Existing bridge will be demolished upon completion!
History
Built 1930; rehabilitated 1957
Design
Vertical lift through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 206.0 ft.
Total length: 2,126.1 ft. (0.4 mi.)
Deck width: 40.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.0 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.74051, -74.08159   (decimal degrees)
40°44'26" N, 74°04'54" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/577542/4510357 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Jersey City
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
49,500
Inventory numbers
NJ 0909150 (New Jersey bridge number)
BH 25232 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of May 2016)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 32 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • October 11, 2019: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • July 12, 2019: New Street View added by Geoff Hubbs
  • May 6, 2019: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • October 22, 2013: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge is now doomed. (Confirmed By Field Visit)
  • August 28, 2013: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • July 13, 2013: Photo imported by Dave King
  • March 21, 2011: New photo from Doug Kerr
  • May 28, 2010: New Street View added by James Baughn

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Comments 

Hackensack River Bridge
Posted August 28, 2007, by Kevin Wong (R36Redbird [at] yahoo [dot] com)

More views (in the eastbound directio)

Wittpenn (NJ Route 7) Bridge
Posted August 25, 2007, by Kevin Wong (R36Redbird [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The Wittpenn Bridge was built beginning in 1927 and opened November 5, 1930. It has been the site of several fatal accidents and has been the location of some hauntings (perhaps linked to the crashes). This deficent and obsolete span will be replaced by 2012 with a modern lift bridge with sholders.

Hackensack River Bridge
Posted July 13, 2007, by Mike

This bridge is properly known as the Wittpenn Bridge, named after the mayor of Jersey City at the time of its construction, Otto Wittpenn. Now that I know this site exists I will be happy to try to provide photos of some of the bridges in the NJ/NY area. I assume the more famous ones are covered, but I know and appreciate them all, even the more obscure ones.