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EL - Paterson High Bridge

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Description 

Large bridge carrying the DL&W Boonton Line over the Passaic River at Paterson. As part of the "Passaic Plan," in 1963 the eastern portion of the DL&W Boonton Line was converted to use as part of the Erie Main Line and Boonton Line trains were re-routed over the Erie/New York & Greenwod Lakes route through Montclair. This section of the DL&W was thus abandoned and the bridge removed the following year. I-80 occupies the site of the bridge now, but faint traces of the stone footings can be found underneath the modern structure.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Deck plate girder bridge over Passaic River on DL&W Boonton Line
Location
Paterson, Passaic County, New Jersey
Status
Removed but not replaced
History
Removed 1964, I-80 bridge built on site
Railroads
- Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad (DLW)
- Erie Lackawanna Railroad (EL)
Design
Deck plate girder
Also called
DL&W - Paterson High Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.89632, -74.20118   (decimal degrees)
40°53'47" N, 74°12'04" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/567287/4527554 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Paterson
Inventory number
BH 65675 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 25, 2015: Added by Ian Martin

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EL - Paterson High Bridge
Posted March 12, 2015, by Giacomo DeStefano (museumGiacomo [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I recently found these two images of the High Bridge in the "Art Work of Paterson: Published in Twelve Parts," 1892. G. DeStefano, Director of the Paterson Museum