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Passaic River Bridge

Photos 

General Aerial View To Northwest

Photo taken by Rob Tucher for the Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #310538

Map 

Description 

The Passaic River Bridge is significant as a sophisticated example of an open spandrel arch, reinforced concrete highway bridge built during the tenure of Morris Goodkind, chief bridge engineer for the New Jersey State Highway Department from 1925 to 1955. Goodkind emphasized the integration of architecture and aesthetics in bridge design and received awards from the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Institute of Steel Construction for his designs. The bridge is one of approximately ten open spandrel arch, reinforced concrete highway bridges designed and built by the New Jersey State Highway Department between 1929 and 1939. The bridge accommodated the expansion of the state highway system west of New York City in the 1930s. Originally designated N.J. Route 6, this road is currently U.S. Route 46. The New Jersey State Historic Preservation Officer determined the Passaic River Bridge eligible for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.

-- Historic American Engineering Record

Facts 

Overview
Concrete arch bridge over Passaic River on US 46
Location
Passaic County, New Jersey
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1939; rehabilitated 1998
Design
Arch
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 96.1 ft.
Total length: 478.0 ft.
Deck width: 96.5 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.89056, -74.22056   (decimal degrees)
40°53'26" N, 74°13'14" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/565661/4526900 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Paterson
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
128,525
Inventory numbers
NJ 1606158 (New Jersey bridge number)
BH 25470 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of April 2016)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 78 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • December 27, 2014: HAER photos posted by Dave King

Sources 

  • HAER NJ-100 - Passaic River Bridge, Spanning Passaic River on U.S. Route 46, Totowa, Passaic County, NJ
  • loc.gov - HAER documentation