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CRCX - Arthur Kill Vertical Lift Bridge


Arthur Kill RR Lift Bridge

Photo taken by Adam Elmquist

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BH Photo #259364

Street Views 


The largest vertical lift bridge in the world, with a 558' long main span, 215' high towers and 135' clearance of lift span in raised position. The bridge crosses the Arthur Kill from Staten Island, NY (Richmond County) to Elizabethport, NJ (Union County).


Through lift truss bridge over Arthur Kill on CRCX (formerly B&O RR)
Elizabethport, Richmond County, New York, and Union County, New Jersey
Open to traffic
Built 1959; use suspended 1991; rehabilitated 2006; returned to service 2007
- American Bridge Co. of New York (Builder)
- Parsons, Brinckerhoff, Quade & Douglas of New York City, New York (Engineer)
- Baltimore & Ohio Railroad (BO)
- CSX Railroad (CSX)
- Conrail Shared Assets Operations (CRCX)
- Morristown & Erie Railway (ME)
- Norfolk Southern Railway (NS)
Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 558.0 ft.
Also called
AK Lift Bridge
SIRT Arthur Kill Lift Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.63745, -74.19538   (decimal degrees)
40°38'15" N, 74°11'43" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/568039/4498823 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
31 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 48599 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 12, 2021: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added designer.
  • January 13, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • July 6, 2020: New photo from Patrick Gurwell
  • May 10, 2020: New photos from Patrick Gurwell
  • July 10, 2019: New photos from Geoff Hubbs
  • September 20, 2016: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • August 14, 2016: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • December 7, 2015: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • November 14, 2015: New video from Douglas Butler
  • November 4, 2015: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • August 17, 2015: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • October 8, 2014: Photo imported by Dave King
  • October 4, 2014: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • September 25, 2014: Updated by Luke: Conrail Shared Assets Operations has trackage rights
  • July 2, 2014: New Street View added by Ralph Demars
  • July 10, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Navigable waterway", "Port Authority Trans-Hudson"
  • July 10, 2013: Photo imported by Dave King
  • April 11, 2011: Added by Frank Hicks

Related Bridges 



PATH Arthur Kill Vertical Lift Bridge
Posted September 25, 2014, by Anonymous

Are you sure it's correct to call this PATH? It might be owned by the Port Authority but it doesn't seem like it's part of the PATH system, which is the passenger subway under the Hudson between Jersey City/Hoboken and Manhattan.

PATH Arthur Kill Vertical Lift Bridge
Posted February 25, 2014, by Nathan Holth

Attached is a PDF with a Historic Survey Report for this bridge. Detailed information included. Editors with more time than I have can feel free to merge into the listing.

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