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Dock Bridge

Dock Bridge
Dock Bridge - Newark, NJ.jpg
Dock Bridge is located in Hudson County, New Jersey
Dock Bridge
Dock Bridge
Dock Bridge is located in New Jersey
Dock Bridge
Dock Bridge
Dock Bridge is located in the United States
Dock Bridge
Dock Bridge
LocationPassaic River
Newark - Harrison
New Jersey
Coordinates40°44′9″N 74°9′43″W / 40.73583°N 74.16194°W / 40.73583; -74.16194
Area1 acre (0.40 ha)
ArchitectWaddell & Hardesty; Waddell, Dr.J.A.L.
Architectural styleThrough-Truss Lift Bridge
NRHP reference #80002484[1]
NJRHP #1227[2]
Significant dates
Added to NRHPOctober 3, 1980
Designated NJRHPJuly 21, 1979
Dock Bridge
Coordinates 40°44′09″N 74°09′43″W / 40.7358°N 74.1619°W / 40.7358; -74.1619
CarriesAmtrak, NJ Transit (West span)
and PATH and Amtrak/NJ Transit (East span)
CrossesPassaic River
Designpair of through-truss
vertical lift bridges
Clearance below24 ft (7.32 m) (closed)
135 ft (41.15 m) (open)
Rail characteristics
No. of tracks3 (West span),
3 (East span)
Track gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Structure gaugeAAR

Dock Bridge is a pair of vertical lift bridges crossing the Passaic River at Newark, Essex County and Harrison, Hudson County, New Jersey, United States, used exclusively for railroad traffic. It is the seventh crossing from the river's mouth at Newark Bay and is 5.0 miles (8.0 km) upstream from it.[4] Also known as the Amtrak Dock Vertical Lift, it carries Amtrak, NJ Transit, and PATH trains. It is listed on the state and federal registers of historic places.


Looking west along the Passaic River

The bridge was built by the Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) for its main line. The west span carries three tracks and opened in 1935 along with the west half of Newark Penn Station. The lift span is 230 feet (70 m) over bearings (clear channel 200 feet or 61 meters), the longest three-track lift span in the world when built.[5] The east spans opened in 1937 when the Hudson and Manhattan Railroad (H&M, later called PATH) shifted its rapid transit trains from the Centre Street Bridge to the newly built station.[6] With the opening of the eastern span, the PRR closed Manhattan Transfer station in the Kearny Meadows, where previously steam and electrical trains were changed and passengers could transfer to trains to New York Penn Station on the PRR or to Hudson Terminal on the H&M.[6]


The west span carries three tracks for the Northeast Corridor (NEC). The east span carries two PATH tracks and one Amtrak/NJ Transit track. The lower 17 miles (27 km) downstream of the 90-mile (140 km) long Passaic River below the Dundee Dam is tidally influenced and navigable.[4] When closed the bridge has a vertical clearance of 24 feet (7.3 m) above mean high water and opens to clear 135 ft (41 m).[7] It is infrequently lifted and, prior to 2014,[8] had not received a request for a river traffic opening since 2004.[7] In 2011 regulations were changed so that it need not be open on demand (as it previously had[9]) but with a 24-hour notice.[3] During four-year removal of dredged materials from the Passaic the bridge is expected to open upwards of 10 times per day.[10]

See also


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. ^ "New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places - Essex County" (PDF). New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection - Historic Preservation Office. September 6, 2011. p. 12. Archived from the original (PDF) on August 9, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Federal Register (Vol. 76, No. 204) October 21, 2011 Rules and Regulations" (PDF). Retrieved November 18, 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Lower Passaic River Restoration Project Commercial Navigation Analysis" (PDF). United States Army Corps of Engineers. July 2, 2010. Retrieved March 19, 2012.
  5. ^ "Newark Dedicates Its New Terminal; New Bridge Also Ready" (PDF). New York Times. March 24, 1935.
  6. ^ a b "New Station Open for Hudson Tubes". New York Times. June 20, 1937. p. 1.
  7. ^ a b U.S. Coast Guard, New York, NY (May 28, 2009). "Drawbridge Operation Regulations; Passaic River, Harrison, NJ, Maintenance. Notice of temporary deviation from regulations." Federal Register, 74 FR 25448.
  8. ^ "Due to the opening of the Amtrak Dock Bridge, service on the NWK-WTC line is suspended". Retrieved September 9, 2014.
  9. ^ "33 CFR 117.739 - Passaic River". Archived from the original on August 12, 2014. Retrieved August 21, 2012.
  10. ^ "Fears that Passaic River dredging could delay rail commuters". Retrieved November 18, 2017.

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