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Mayor Aitken Drive Bridge

Mayor Aitken Drive Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Elaine Deutsch

Bridge Documented: November 18, 2011

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Mayor Aitken Drive Over Sunset Lake Raceway
Location
Bridgeton: Cumberland County, New Jersey: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1923 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
1980
Main Span Length
29 Feet (8.84 Meters)
Structure Length
42 Feet (12.8 Meters)
Roadway Width
25.8 Feet (7.86 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
600023

Historic Significance Rating (HSR)

Bridge Documentation

This is a small arch bridge that has been bypassed by a modern bridge. The historic bridge today sits closed to traffic. The bridge is noted for its defined arch shape, that extends to the parapets. These parapets are apparently original, but have been altered to the point that they no longer display the original paneled design.

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Discussion of Bridge

The city built the arch bridge with a paneled concrete parapet shortly after it developed the park at a former industrial site in the early 1900s. Historic photographs indicate the parapets were originally paneled and decoratively detailed, but have since been altered and covered with gunite (c.1980). Although aesthetically appropriate to the park setting, the bridge is in poor condition with spalling, and is not an early or technologically significant example of the bridge type.

Discussion of Surrounding Area

The narrow two-lane bridge spans a former mill raceway within Bridgeton City Park (c. 1903). Mayor Aitken Drive forms the major northsouth artery through the park and the raceway is a popular spot with canoeists and hikers. North of the bridge is a recreated Indian village and the city zoo. South are tennis courts and the old city waterworks (1877). A landfill to the east detracts from the bridge's setting.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No

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