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Fairlawn Avenue Bridge


BH Photo #432106


Street View 


Through Pratt truss bridge over Passaic River on Fair Lawn Avenue in Paterson
Passaic County, New Jersey, and Bergen County, New Jersey
Closed to all traffic in 2021
Future prospects
Slated for demolition and replacement in 2023
Built 1905; rehabilitated 1967
Pin connected Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 133.9 ft.
Total length: 270.0 ft.
Deck width: 19.4 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 12.8 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Fifth Avenue Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.93389, -74.13959   (decimal degrees)
40°56'02" N, 74°08'23" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/572434/4531774 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
NJ 1600009 (New Jersey bridge number)
BH 25460 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of March 2017)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 14.9 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • August 25, 2021: Updated by Geoff Hubbs: Updated status
  • December 12, 2020: New photos from Geoff Hubbs
  • May 3, 2020: New photos from Patrick Gurwell
  • March 18, 2019: Updated by Nathan Holth: Updated planned replacement date.
  • July 19, 2018: Updated by Andy Peters: updates GPS coordinates
  • July 25, 2014: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge is now doomed.
  • June 8, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth



Fifth Avenue Bridge
Posted March 18, 2019, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

The latest date is now 2020 for replacement. https://www.northjersey.com/story/news/bergen/fair-lawn/2019...

Fifth Avenue Bridge
Posted July 19, 2018, by Andy Peters (anpete1971 [at] gmail [dot] com)

As of May 2018, this bridge still hasn't been replaced. Hopefully the project will never get off the ground and the bridge will never be replaced.


Fifth Avenue Bridge
Posted July 19, 2018, by Andy Peters (anpete1971 [at] gmail [dot] com)
Fifth Avenue Bridge
Posted November 26, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)
Fifth Avenue Bridge
Posted July 25, 2014, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I contacted the county and learned that Section 106 was completed. The bridge is doomed. I did learn that mitigation will include development of management plans for the two remaining NR eligible bridges in the county, Straight Street and Arch Street.

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Fifth Avenue Bridge
Posted June 7, 2014, by Dennis Gottschalk (EmailForDennis [at] Gmail [dot] com)

Ain't gettin' any better

Fifth Avenue Bridge
Posted June 4, 2011, by Dan B. (danbautista [at] gmail [dot] com)

The bridge is closed to all traffic for structural repairs as of May 31, 2011 and is scheduled to reopen by the end of June 2011. I recently found out that until the mid 1980s that buses used that bridge.

Fifth Avenue Bridge
Posted November 23, 2009, by me

I cringe every time I cross this bridge. Too narrow and one day some yoyo contractor leaving Home Depot with a load of blocks in his pickup is going to be inspecting the indian fishing dam close-up.

Fifth Avenue Bridge
Posted March 17, 2009, by jojo

Better known as the Fair Lawn Avenue Bridge. The scariest bridge in NJ.