|Crossing of||Passaic River|
|place||Newark and Harrison , New Jersey|
|overall length||158 m|
|Longest span||70 m|
|Clear height||9 m / 44 m (at low tide)|
|planner||Waddell & Hardesty|
The Dock Bridge (also Amtrak Dock Bridge ) is a lift bridge designed as a railway bridge over the Passaic River between Newark and Harrison in New Jersey , eight kilometers upstream from the mouth of the river on Newark Bay.
The bridge consists of two adjacent lift bridges built by Waddell & Hardesty in 1935 and 1937 for the Pennsylvania Railroad . The movable part has a span of 70 meters and can be raised from a clear height of around 8.8 to 43.6 meters (at low tide ). The bridge, operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey , carries a total of six tracks, four for long-distance lines of the Northeast Corridor of Amtrak and New Jersey Transit and two for the local traffic of the Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH). The bridge is located a few hundred meters northeast of Newark Pennsylvania Station and has a total of over 80 trains per hour at peak times.
Due to the almost stopped shipping traffic on the Passaic River, the Dock Bridge rarely needs to be opened. The erosion of several million cubic meters of contaminated river sediment in the lower course of the Passaic River, suggested by the Environmental Protection Agency in 2014, could change this and lead to restrictions in train traffic.
In 1980 the Dock Bridge was added to the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP #: 80002484).
- US Army Corps of Engineers: Lower Passaic River Commercial Navigation Analysis. United States Army Corps of Engineers, New York District. 2007, Revision 2010, p. 9. Accessed March 10, 2015.
- Rules and Regulations. In: Federal Register . Vol. 74, no. 101, May 28, 2009, p. 25488. Retrieved March 10, 2015.
- Initial Estimates of Traffic and Rail Transit Delays from Bridge Openings in the Lower Passaic River. Attachment E.1, AECOM 2014, Lower Passaic River Study Cooperating Parties Group. Retrieved March 10, 2015.
- Larry Higgs: Fears that Passaic River dredging could delay rail commuters. New Jersey On-Line LLC, October 29, 2014. Retrieved March 10, 2015.
- New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places - Essex County. New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, 2015, p. 13. Retrieved March 10, 2015.
- Janice Artemel: Dock Bridge - National Register of Historic Places Registration Form. United State Department of the Interior, National Park Service, 1977.