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The Bridges of New Jersey: Portraits of Garden State Crossings

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New Jersey is sandwiched between the Hudson and Delaware Rivers, with the Raritan, Passaic, and Navesink cutting swaths across it. In spite of the state's relatively small size, over six thousand bridges span its varied landscape. They traverse rivers, streams, railroads, and roadways. Several dozen bridges cut across the Delaware River alone, carrying pedestrian, vehicular, and railroad traffic. Three connect the state to Staten Island. Some are steeped in history, dating back to the colonial era and the ...
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New Jersey is sandwiched between the Hudson and Delaware Rivers, with the Raritan, Passaic, and Navesink cutting swaths across it. In spite of the state's relatively small size, over six thousand bridges span its varied landscape. They traverse rivers, streams, railroads, and roadways. Several dozen bridges cut across the Delaware River alone, carrying pedestrian, vehicular, and railroad traffic. Three connect the state to Staten Island. Some are steeped in history, dating back to the colonial era and the Revolutionary war. Others are recognized worldwide for their size or significance in the annals of engineering.

In The Bridges of New Jersey, Steven M. Richman provides a rare photographic and poetic journey across sixty of the state's bridges, ranging from impressive suspension spans such as the Ben Franklin and George Washington Bridges, to the small wrought iron and stone bridges that are cherished by local citizens. The book provides a rich diversity of stories that place the bridges in the context of New Jersey history and culture. Richman also explores the contribution New Jersey bridges have made to engineering-some of the most prominent engineers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries either lived or established businesses in the Garden State or designed its bridges.

Lavishly illustrated with over seventy photographs, this book is much more than a documentary survey. It is a visual portrait that beautifully captures the metaphoric significance and aesthetic pleasures of New Jersey's bridges, and indeed all bridges. Perhaps more than any other structure built by humans, bridges typify progress and they give us a sense of connectedness. The Bridges of New Jersey provides a compelling visual demonstration of these symbolic functions, as well as their practical purposes and engineering accomplishments.

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author of Engineers of Dreams: Great Bridge Builders and the Spanning of America - Henry Petroski

Steven Richman's enthusiasm for New Jersey bridges is contagious. He helps us come to see the spans that he celebrates as structural gems and cultural treasures.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813535104
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 4/2/2005
  • Pages: 198
  • Product dimensions: 7.16 (w) x 10.40 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author


Steven M. Richman is a graduate of New York University Law School and Drew University and currently practices international and commercial law. He is an adjunct professor of international business law at the College of New Jersey and an accomplished photographer whose work is in various public and private collections. He lives in Plainsboro, New Jersey.
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Table of Contents

Arch Bridges 23
Stony Brook Bridge 26
Kingston Bridge 28
Princeton Pike Bridge (Mercer Street Bridge) 30
Opossum Road Bridge 31
North Branch Viaduct 32
Albany Street Bridge 34
Georgian Court Bridge 35
Pennsylvania Railroad Bridge 37
Branch Brook Park bridges 39
Washington Road Bridge 42
Delaware River Viaduct 44
Paulinskill Viaduct 46
Morris Goodkind Bridge 47
Tacony-Palmyra Bridge 48
Bayonne Steel Arch Bridge 51
Newark Bay Bridge 54
Truss bridges 56
Musconetcong Bridge 59
West Main Street Bridge 61
School Street Bridge 62
Rosemont-Raven Rock Road Bridge 63
Jacobs Creek (Bear Tavern Road) Bridge 65
Calhoun Street Bridge 66
Nevius Street Bridge 68
Main Street (Califon) Bridge 70
Higginsville Road bridges 71
Neshanic Station Bridge 73
Ward Street Bridge 75
Dingman's Ferry Bridge 76
New Hope-Lambertville Bridge 78
Washington Crossing Bridge 79
Uhlerstown-Frenchtown Bridge 80
Centre (Stockton) Bridge 83
Lower Trenton ("Trenton Makes") Bridge 84
Easton-Phillipsburg Toll Bridge 87
Betsy Ross Bridge 88
Covered bridges 91
Green Sergeant's Bridge 92
Cantilever bridges 94
Northampton Street Bridge 97
Goethals Bridge 100
Outerbridge Crossing 103
Pulaski Skyway 104
Commodore John Barry Bridge 108
Suspension bridges 110
Riegelsville Bridge 112
Benjamin Franklin Bridge 114
George Washington Bridge 118
Lumberville pedestrian bridge 122
Delaware Memorial Bridge 123
Walt Whitman Bridge 125
Movable bridges 128
Delair Lift Bridge 130
Newark swing bridges 131
Federal Street Bridge 133
Court Street Bridge 135
Wittpenn Bridge 137
Dorset Avenue Bridge 139
Burlington-Bristol Bridge 140
Oceanic Bridge 142
Arthur Kill Lift Bridge 144
Girder bridges 147
Scudder Falls Bridge 149
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