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Arch Street Bridge

Arch Street Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: September 5, 2019

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Arch Street Over Passaic River
Location
Paterson: Passaic County, New Jersey: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1905 By Builder/Contractor: Owego Bridge Company of Owego, New York

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
1997
Main Span Length
178 Feet (54 Meters)
Structure Length
184 Feet (56 Meters)
Roadway Width
27.6 Feet (8.41 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
1600015

Historic Significance Rating (HSR)

Bridge Documentation

This is an impressive pin-connected through truss bridge with ornamental knee braces. Based off the Historic Bridge Inventory comments, it appears this bridge was closed to traffic for a number of years. It is again open to vehicular traffic.

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Summary

The 11-panel pin-connected Parker thru truss bridge supported on coursed ashlar abutments is a large and well preserved example of the truss type that is not common. Parker trusses are more commonly found on rail lines rather than city streets. The span is technologically distinguished because of its type, a polygonal top chord variation of a Pratt truss, and its state of preservation. It is also historically notable as one of the significant Paterson bridges built after the 1903 flood.

Setting/Context

The bridge originally carried two lanes of traffic and two sidewalks over the Passaic River, but the roadway has been closed to vehicular traffic. It, like the other bridges in Paterson, serves as a link between the late-19th and early-20th century residential districts on the west side of the river from the industrial east side. The bridge contributes to the historic character of the area.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes

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Coordinates (Latitude, Longitude):
40.923312,-74.170090

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