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Point Pleasant Canal Lift Bridge


Photo taken by Douglas Butler


BH Photo #261383


Street Views 


Vertical lift bridge over Point Pleasant Canal on NJ 88 in Point Pleasant
Ocean County, New Jersey
Open to traffic
Built 1986
- Joe Sorrento (Resident Engineer)
- Raymond International of Ontario, California. (Contractor)
Vertical lift
Length of largest span: 181.1 ft.
Total length: 326.1 ft.
Deck width: 49.9 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 44.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.08333, -74.06667   (decimal degrees)
40°04'60" N, 74°04'00" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/579572/4437423 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Point Pleasant
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory numbers
NJ 1515151 (New Jersey bridge number)
BH 25454 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of May 2016)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 72.7 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • June 1, 2016: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • December 7, 2015: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • August 16, 2015: Updated by Luke: Added builder via information posted to the forum by Michael Dipsia.
  • July 18, 2014: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • February 7, 2014: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • July 3, 2010: New Street View added by Cliff Darby

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Point Pleasant Canal Lift Bridge
Posted August 16, 2015, by Michael Dipsia (nilaa1 [at] verizon [dot] net )

I worked for the New Jersey Department of Transportation between 1983 and 1986. At that time, I was assigned to work on this Structure amongst other projects. I valued this unique experience working on such a structure as a first assignment after my Bachelor of Science education in Civil Engineering. The Resident Engineer was Joe Sorrento and Raymond International was the Contractor. This structure has a latex modified concrete overlay for the bridge deck. In order to allow the flow of big boats through the river, the bridge deck would be lifted from both ends using huge steel pulleys mounted on bridge towers and a counter weight effect on the other side of the towers to carry the bridge deck. In theory, each counter weight effect equals half the weight of bridge deck. This was a challenge to the Contractor to balance the weight in order to help carry the bridge deck. Large machinary would operate the pulleys. This is a beautiful structure but in my opinion more of a Manhattan look. Point pleasant is a small community along Jersey Shore. I have since moved to California and I am currently a Construction Manager for Caltrans on the West Side of Los Angeles, administering construction projects for the California Department of Transportation in the areas of Malibu, Santa Monica, the Pacific Palisades, West Los Angeles area and UCLA area.