Conrail Bridge, Spanning Hackensack River, Kearny, Hudson County, NJ
Aerial View Of The Conrail Bridge From The South
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Spanning Hackensack River, Kearny, NJ
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Documentation compiled after 1968.
Survey number HAER NJ-43
Building/structure dates: 1920
Significance: This structure is one of a series of bridges constructed in the early twentieth century to carry railroad lines through northern New Jersey towards New York City. It is a vertical lift bridge, built so that water borne commerce along the Hackensack River would not be impeded by the railroad line. Originally constructed for the Penn Central Railroad as part of its project for bringing rail traffic into Manhattan, it is now owned by Conrail. This is a good example of movable bridge technology developed by American engineers in the early twentieth century.
Vertical Lift Bridges
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)
1. AERIAL VIEW OF THE CONRAIL BRIDGE FROM THE SOUTH. THE PATH TRANSIT BRIDGE (HAER No. NJ-44) IS VISIBLE IN THE FOREGROUND, AND THE NEWARK TURNPIKE IS BEYOND
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