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William A. Stickel Memorial Bridge


Passiac River Bridge

I-280 Lift Bridge - in background behind Bridge Street Bridge and former Lackawanna RR swing bridges

Photo taken by Bob Morgan in April 2009


BH Photo #140318

Street View 


William A. Stickel was born in 1893, earned his Civil Engineering degree in 1915 and worked for Standard Oil, then as assistant county engineer for Essex County. He enlisted in the Navy for WW1 then returned to his position with the county. In 1921 he became the Essex County engineer, remaining so until his death in 1943.


Vertical lift bridge over Passiac River on I-280 in Newark
Essex County, New Jersey, and Hudson County, New Jersey
Open to traffic
Built 1948; rehabilitated 1973
Vertical lift
Length of largest span: 222.1 ft.
Total length: 626.0 ft.
Deck width: 74.2 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 16.2 ft.
Also called
Passaic River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.74801, -74.16572   (decimal degrees)
40°44'53" N, 74°09'57" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/570431/4511118 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory numbers
NJ 0731161 (New Jersey bridge number)
BH 25189 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 73 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • January 24, 2021: New photo from Josh Schmid
  • December 23, 2020: New Street View added by Geoff Hubbs
  • May 8, 2019: New photos from Geoff Hubbs
  • April 27, 2016: Photo imported by Dave King
  • June 25, 2013: Photo imported by Dave King
  • December 13, 2011: Updated by Frank Hicks: Added GPS coordinates
  • November 18, 2011: Updated by Clark Vance: Added brief W. A. Stickel bio
  • May 10, 2010: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated Name of Bridge; Added to Movable Bridges on Interstate Highway category
  • May 15, 2009: New photo from Bob Morgan


  • Bob Morgan - morgans212 [at] att [dot] net
  • J.R. Manning - thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
  • Clark Vance - cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com
  • Frank Hicks
  • Wikipedia
  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Douglas Butler
  • Geoff Hubbs
  • Josh Schmid


William A. Stickel Memorial Bridge
Posted November 18, 2011, by Stephen Greer

The bridge remains operational for lifting, but has a 8 hour notice for openings.

William A. Stickel Memorial Bridge
Posted August 20, 2010, by Rush Wickes

The Stickel Bridge rarely opens these days. Around 2000, The NJ Department of Transportation sought to get permission from the Coast Guard t allow for the Stickel Bridge to be locked down. However, during the recent refurbishment of the bridge, the wire ropes used for the counterweights were replaced - suggesting that the bridge remains in operable lifting condition.

William A. Stickel Memorial Bridge
Posted August 6, 2007, by Kevin Wong (R36Redbird [at] yahoo [dot] com)

New photos: (August 2007)

William A. Stickel Memorial Bridge
Posted August 5, 2007, by Kevin Wong (R36Redbird [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Known officially as the William A. Stickel Memorial Bridge or "Stickel Bridge", the Interstate 280 lift bridge is undergoing a major renovation throughout 2007 including repainting and rehabilitation of the road deck, towers and mechanical components. The project will extend the life of the Stickel Bridge, which was classified "structrually defiecient" by the NJ DOT in 2001 and originally planned for replacement.