Newark Bay Bridge
|Newark Bay Bridge|
|Official name||Vincent R. Casciano Memorial Bridge|
|Other name(s)||The Turnpike Bridge|
|Carries||4 lanes of I‑78 / NJ Tpk.|
|Locale||Newark, New Jersey and Bayonne, New Jersey|
|Maintained by||New Jersey Turnpike Authority|
|Design||Three-span continuous through arch bridge|
|Total length||9,560 feet|
|Longest span||387.10 meters (1,270 feet)|
|Vertical clearance||135 feet|
|Clearance below||41.15 meters (135 feet)|
|Opened||April 4, 1956|
|Toll||$1.65 - from NJ Turnpike exit 14 to 14A|
The Newark Bay Bridge, officially the Vincent R. Casciano Memorial Bridge, is a steel through arch bridge that is continuous across three spans. It crosses Newark Bay and connects the cities of Newark and Bayonne in New Jersey. It was completed April 4, 1956 as part of the New Jersey Turnpike's Newark Bay (Hudson County) Extension, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony led by Governor of New Jersey Robert B. Meyner.
The main span is 1,270 feet (390 m), with a 135-foot (41 m) clearance over water to allow marine access to Port Newark. The Vincent R. Casciano Memorial Bridge is similar in design to the Delaware River – Turnpike Toll Bridge, and is similar in length to the Francis Scott Key Bridge at Baltimore's Outer Harbor. It runs parallel to the earlier built Lehigh Valley Terminal Railway's Upper Bay Bridge.
This bridge is also known as "The Turnpike Bridge" and "The Turnpike Extension Bridge". It carries traffic on a toll regulated section of Interstate 78 along the New Jersey Turnpike to interchanges 14 through 14A. It provides access from the New Jersey Turnpike's main roadway to Hudson County, New Jersey and the Holland Tunnel. The turnpike route creates the border between Bayonne and Jersey City and then runs northward along Port Jersey, Liberty State Park, and Downtown Jersey City. Hoboken is just north of the entrance to Holland Tunnel which continues to Lower Manhattan in New York City.