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US 46 Passaic River Bridge


General Aerial View To Northwest

Photo taken by Rob Tucher for the Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #310538


Street View 


The Passaic River Bridge is significant as a sophisticated example of an open spandrel arch, reinforced concrete highway bridge built during the tenure of Morris Goodkind, chief bridge engineer for the New Jersey State Highway Department from 1925 to 1955. Goodkind emphasized the integration of architecture and aesthetics in bridge design and received awards from the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Institute of Steel Construction for his designs. The bridge is one of approximately ten open spandrel arch, reinforced concrete highway bridges designed and built by the New Jersey State Highway Department between 1929 and 1939. The bridge accommodated the expansion of the state highway system west of New York City in the 1930s. Originally designated N.J. Route 6, this road is currently U.S. Route 46. The New Jersey State Historic Preservation Officer determined the Passaic River Bridge eligible for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.

-- Historic American Engineering Record


Concrete arch bridge over Passaic River on US 46
Passaic County, New Jersey
Open to traffic
Built 1939; rehabilitated 1998
Length of largest span: 96.1 ft.
Total length: 478.0 ft.
Deck width: 96.5 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.89056, -74.22056   (decimal degrees)
40°53'26" N, 74°13'14" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/565661/4526900 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory numbers
NJ 1606158 (New Jersey bridge number)
BH 25470 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of April 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 78 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com


Arch (12,522)
Built 1939 (790)
Built during 1930s (11,984)
Deck arch (11,762)
Flared (403)
HAER documented (1,110)
Have street view (27,989)
NR-eligible (4,070)
New Jersey (1,664)
Open (40,427)
Open-spandrel arch (796)
Owned by state (16,311)
Passaic County, New Jersey (83)
Passaic River (53)
Span length 75-100 feet (6,567)
Total length 250-500 feet (5,411)
US 46 (8)

Update Log 

  • December 20, 2020: New photos from Patrick Gurwell
  • August 25, 2019: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • December 27, 2014: HAER photos posted by Dave King


  • HAER NJ-100 - Passaic River Bridge, Spanning Passaic River on U.S. Route 46, Totowa, Passaic County, NJ
  • loc.gov - HAER documentation
  • Geoff Hubbs
  • Patrick Gurwell - pgurwell [at] gmail [dot] com