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South Front Street Bridge

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South Front Street Draw Bridge

Photo taken by Adam Elmquist

View this photo at panoramio.com

BH Photo #257690

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Facts 

Overview
Lost single-leaf truss bascule bridge over Elizabeth River on South Front Street in Elizabeth
Location
Elizabeth, Union County, New Jersey
Status
Bascule span and truss superstructure destroyed by flash flooding on April 16, 2018. Some substructure elements reportedly remain damaged but intact
Future prospects
Much of the bridge was lost to flash flooding in April 2018. Some substructure elements reportedly remain extant but damaged. These remaining elements, however, are likely at high risk for demolition
History
Built 1922; rehabilitated 1974; mostly destroyed by flash flooding 2018
Builders
- Jacob L. Bauer (County Engineer)
- Linde & Griffith of Newark, New Jersey (Contractor)
- Strauss Bascule Bridge Co. of Chicago, Illinois (Consulting Engineers)
Design
Warren Through Truss Single Leaf Strauss Heel-Trunnion Bascule
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 131.9 ft.
Total length: 158.1 ft.
Deck width: 17.7 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 16.0 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.64417, -74.19083   (decimal degrees)
40°38'39" N, 74°11'27" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/568417/4499572 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Elizabeth
Average daily traffic (as of 2010)
1,977
Inventory numbers
NJ 2004001 (New Jersey bridge number)
BH 25603 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of May 2010)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 24.3 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • April 16, 2018: Updated by Amanda: Much of this bridge was destroyed by flash flooding about an hour ago
  • March 20, 2015: Updated by Luke: Added category "Linde & Griffith"
  • December 28, 2013: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • August 22, 2013: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge is closed and at risk for demolition.
  • June 29, 2013: Photo imported by Dave King
  • November 15, 2011: Updated by Nathan Holth: Updated Bridge Type

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Comments 

South Front Street Bridge
Posted April 16, 2018, by Amanda

Update: South Front Street is completely underwater for about 2 miles leading up to where the bridge once stood on either side.

NJDOT is discussing possibly erecting a bailey truss bridge once the floodwaters recede in order to reopen the crossing - however the permanent future of a bridge here (or lack thereof) is still uncertain.

South Front Street Bridge
Posted April 16, 2018, by Amanda

Much of this bridge was destroyed by flash flooding about an hour ago.

Although not officially confirmed by any sources, reportedly some substructure elements remain damaged but intact.