This classic highway swing bridge no longer operates for boats but its swing truss remains in good condition. The truss uses riveted connections throughout except at the swing tower, which is pin connected.
Information and Findings From New Jersey's Historic Bridge Inventory
The thru truss rim-bearing swing span bridge on an ashlar substructure was erected in 1906 by the Owego Bridge Co. It is of riveted construction with the exception of the center tower, which has pinned top chords composed of stamped eye bars. The bridge has been altered. In 1985 the operating machinery and operator's house located above the roadway were removed. The flooring system was replaced, and additional section was bolted onto some verticals and diagonals. However, the changes do not preclude the individual eligibility of this structure for listing in the National Register of Historic Places under Criterion C as a representative example of a through truss rim-bearing span. All of the key visual elements of the bridge - the trusses by the Owego Bridge Company, the center pier, the wheels that run on a track making it a rim - bearing span, and the ashlar abutments retain integrity.
The bridge carries a 2-lane street and sidewalks over the Passaic River at the boundary between Passaic and Bergen counties. It is located in an industrial section with car lots and an oil storage facility.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes
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