Delaware River Viaduct

Delaware River Viaduct

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The Delaware River Viaduct is the sister bridge of the Paulinskill Viaduct on the Lackawanna Cut-Off rail line between eastern Pennsylvania and northwestern New Jersey. Built in 1908-10, this reinforced concrete bridge crosses the Delaware River about two miles (3 km) south of the Delaware Water Gap. It also crosses Slateford Road and the Lackawanna Railroad's "Old Road" (now Delaware-Lackawanna) on the west side of the river, and Interstate 80 on the east (New Jersey) side of the river at that location.

The bridge is long and high from water level to the top of the rail, and is composed of five spans and two spans. The footings were excavated down to bedrock, which ranges from to below the surface.Cohen, A. B. "The Delaware River Viaduct." Purdue Engineering Review, No. 6 (1909-10): 13. A total of of concrete and 627 tons of reinforcing steel were used to construct this bridge.

Construction of the bridge was described in an article by Abraham Burton Cohen, then a draftsman for the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad, who later went on to design the Tunkhannock Viaduct, an even larger structure on the railroad's Summit-Hallstead Cutoff.Cohen, A. B. "The Delaware River Viaduct." Purdue Engineering Review, No. 6 (1909-10): 9-18. The bridge was completed on December 1, 1910, about a year prior to the opening of the Cut-Off, which allowed construction trains to...
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