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The Hackensack and Passaic River Bridges

  Bridge construction over the Passaic River
[see large picture]

The Turnpike route crossed not one but two rivers in the north. The bridges necessary to span these rivers were massive: at the time they were built, the Passaic River Bridge (at 6,955 feet) and the Hackensack River Bridge (at 5,623 feet) were the longest steel-plate girder bridges ever constructed.

(read Press Release)


New Jersey Turnpike Authority photograph of Hackensack River Bridge construction, December 26, 1950
Collections of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority

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