Doty Road Bridge over the Ramapo River

This bridge is boring.

The original bridge at this location was swept away during winter flooding in 1891. Later that year Bergen County purchased and put in its place a single-lane, 80-foot long, wrought iron Pratt Pony Truss Bridge with Phoenix Columns that was built by the Phoenixville Bridge Company of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. The bridge was found in the pages of a catalog.

In 1983, the bridge was condemned because of its poor condition and another bridge was inserted through the middle of the original structure relieving the old bridge from carrying any traffic. In 1989, the structure was determined eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

On December 11, 2002, the bridge was disassembled and construction of the new bridge began. The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers wanted the historic bridge, at least the trusses, to live on so they marketed it nationwide. For a symbolic dollar, the bridge was purchased and the old structure was trucked from Oakland back to Phoenixville where it was crafted over a century earlier. The trusses will be used in a new park there.
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AKpilotEMT picture
@ 2010-10-28 07:04:35
Even though Oakland is a small town, this bridge is not in the part of town I went to very much, actually hardly ever at all. Nevertheless, I've been across the old bridge on my bike, and under it in my dad's small motorboat, but was too young to know and appreciate the historicity of it.

And I swear right by the bridge, right by the river, there once was a semi-slimy tavern that was a good place to get a case of beer after all the liquor stores closed (since liquor stores didn't stay open late and beer isn't sold in grocery stores in Jersey, or at least in that part, at least around 1990.)