This unusual through plate girder overpass bridge is noted for its sidewalks with unusual concrete railing, its cambered deck, and partial concrete encasement. The Historic Bridge Inventory for some reason thought this bridge dated to ca. 1913 and had the sidewalks added in 1927. They also failed to notice the 1927 American Bridge Company plaque mounted on the girders. It would be very unusual for the nation's premier builder of steel bridges to show up and add sidewalks with concrete railings to a small bridge like this and then install a plaque on an older girder. More likely, the entire bridge dates to 1927 as the plaque indicates. While this makes the bridge slightly newer, it also means it may be unaltered, adding to its significance.
Information and Findings From New Jersey's Historic Bridge Inventory
The partially encased thru girder with floor beams bridge is supported on a concrete substructure and has concrete balustrades identical to those at 1464154 added in 1927 to the cantilevered sidewalks. Reproduction light standards have been added. A "steel bridge" is first identified at this crossing on the 1916 Sanborn map of Boonton, and the map is the source of the date. The bridge and its later balustrades are both representative examples of common types and are not noteworthy.
The bridge is located at the end of the main business district. It is contiguous to an out-of-service 1904 station which is listed in the National Register, but the bridge is not included in the nomination. Built during the period of grade crossing elimination of the Boonton Line, the bridge replaced an earlier wooden span. It carries two lanes of traffic and two sidewalks over two active tracks.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No
This bridge is tagged with the following special condition(s): Unorganized Photos
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