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.
Information and Findings From New Jersey's Historic Bridge Inventory
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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