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PATH Lift Bridge

PATH Lift Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: October 20, 2013

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railroad (Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH)) Over Hackensack River
Location
Kearny and Jersey City: Hudson County, New Jersey: United States
Structure Type
Metal 10 Panel Rivet-Connected Parker Through Truss, Movable: Vertical Lift (Span Drive) and Approach Spans: Metal 7 Panel Rivet-Connected Pratt Through Truss, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1928 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
332 Feet (101 Meters)
Structure Length
3,015 Feet (919 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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This bridge is one of several impressive vertical lift bridges in this area. This bridge includes a vertical lift span. West of the left span there is a fixed through truss span integrated with the tower, then a free-standing fixed Pratt through truss. Then, there is a long series of deck plate girder approach spans, however there is a single span rivet-connected Warren deck truss stuck in the middle of this approach system. East of the lift span there is a fixed through truss integrated with the tower followed by a series of deck plate girder approach spans, the total length of which is much shorter than the western approach.

The construction date of this bridge was difficult to figure out. Some sources said it dated to 1900 or ca. 1910. However one source listed a 1928 date, which seems most plausible given the design of the bridge and composition of the design details, as well as the fact that it puts the bridge's date very close to when the other lift bridges in the area were built. It is possible but not confirmed that this bridge was designed by Harrington, Howard, and Ash, like the other lift bridges in this area. The firm was one of the most well-known lift bridge engineering companies, so it is not a far-fetched possibility.

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