Our Projects and the Environment
Historic Bridge Survey
The New Jersey Department of
Transportation (NJDOT), using
the services of a consultant,
surveyed all bridges built
before 1947 to assess their
eligibility for listing in the National
Register of Historical Places.
The survey was mandated by
the 1987 Surface Transportation
and Uniform Relocation Assistance
Historic contexts had to be developed for the survey. Then, using the National Bridge Inspection Standards' definition of a bridge as a structure
at least 20 feet long, the consultant collected data on 2,064 bridges in New Jersey and recommended eligibility for approximately 250.
Staff from NJDOT's Environmental
Services and the New Jersey
Division Office of the Federal
Highway Administration (FHWA)
reviewed these recommendations. The
New Jersey State Historic Preservation
Office (NJHPO) also commented
on the survey.
This file includes extensive text
from the consultant's survey report.
It includes the methodology used,
the historic development of New Jersey's
transportation networks and bridge
building techniques, a definition
of bridge types used in the survey,
each county's transportation history,
a general bibliography and a county-specific
Executive Summary and Data Fields
This section includes an Executive Summary of the survey and explanations of the structure and information for each survey data form field.
The files listed below are in Portable Document Format (PDF). You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the files which is available at our
state Adobe Acrobat Access.