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Technological Challenges
The Hackensack and Passaic River Bridges

  Workers pour concrete for the Hackensack River Bridge
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New Jersey Turnpike Authority photograph of Hackensack River Bridge Construction, September 21, 1950
Collections of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority

New Jersey's northern reaches presented some of the most difficult technological challenges to the Turnpike's builders. Not only would they have to navigate around existing pipelines, railroad tracks, local streets, and utilities, they would have to lay the highway through swampy marshland. Look at this and the two following New Jersey Turnpike Authority official press releases and photographs to see how the Authority portrayed the projects for potential newspaper and magazine articles. Then, take a less posed look at construction through progress photos taken by HNTB, one of the engineering firms contracted by the Turnpike Authority to build the highway.

(read Press Release)

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