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Central Railroad of New Jersey, Newark Bay Lift Bridge, Spanning Newark Bay, Newark, Essex County, NJ

Central Railroad of New Jersey, Newark Bay Lift Bridge, Spanning Newark Bay, Newark, Essex County, NJ



Significance: The Newark Bay Bridge was constructed near the end of J.A.L. Waddell's career. He was an early proponent of the vertical lift bridge, designing and building his first in 1892. Waddell's landmark book, Bridge Engineering, published in 1916, deals specifically with vertical lift bridges (Chapter XXXI). He predicted a widespread utilization of the type, a projection that was not proven true. The Newark Bay Bridge, a dual track bridge with double lift spans (one of 210' 9" and the second of 299'), was constructed after 30 years of experience for Waddell.
Survey number: HAER NJ-37
Building/structure dates: 1925 Initial Construction
Building/structure dates: 1980 Demolished



Historic American Engineering Record, creator
Waddell, J A, L


Newark (N.J.)40.73566, -74.17237
Google Map of 40.735657, -74.1723667


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