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Little Falls Turnpike Overpass


Photo taken for the Historic American Engineering Record

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BH Photo #310528



The Little Falls Turnpike Overpass is a typical example of a simple span, multiple stringer, encased steel highway overpass 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 was built to accommodate expansion of the state highway system west of New York City in the 1930s on N.J. Route 6, presently designated U.S. Route 46.

-- Historic American Engineering Record


Steel stringer bridge over Mcbride Avenue (Cr. 639) on US Route 46
Passaic County, New Jersey
Open to traffic
Built 1939; rehabilitated 1997
Steel stringer
Length of largest span: 62.0 ft.
Total length: 65.9 ft.
Deck width: 107.6 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.88928, -74.21890   (decimal degrees)
40°53'21" N, 74°13'08" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/565801/4526760 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
NJ 1606159 (New Jersey bridge number)
BH 65079 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of May 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 84.3 (out of 100)
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Beam (15,942)
Built 1939 (776)
Built during 1930s (11,804)
HAER documented (1,107)
New Jersey (1,602)
Open (40,033)
Owned by state (16,113)
Passaic County, New Jersey (80)
Span length 50-75 feet (10,132)
Steel stringer (6,338)
Total length 50-75 feet (9,331)

Update Log 

  • December 27, 2014: Added by Dave King


  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • HAER NJ-99 - Little Falls Turnpike Overpass, Spanning Little Falls Turnpike (McBride Avenue) on U.S. Route 46, Little Falls, Passaic County, NJ