Newark Bay Bridge

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Newark Bay Bridge
Newark Bay Bridge North Bayonne Park jeh.jpg
The Newark Bay Bridge and the Newark skyline as seen from Richard A. Rutkowski Park in Bayonne.
Official name Vincent R. Casciano Memorial Bridge
Other name(s) The Turnpike Bridge
Carries 4 lanes of I‑78 / NJ Tpk.
Crosses Newark Bay
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
Width 115 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
Daily traffic 65,000
Coordinates 40°41′43″N 74°07′06″W / 40.6953°N 74.1184°W / 40.6953; -74.1184Coordinates: 40°41′43″N 74°07′06″W / 40.6953°N 74.1184°W / 40.6953; -74.1184
Newark Bay Bridge is located in New Jersey
Newark Bay Bridge
Newark Bay Bridge

The Newark Bay Bridge, officially the Vincent R. Casciano Memorial Bridge, is a steel through arch bridge[1] 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.[2]

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.

View from a plane landing at Newark Liberty International Airport, with the Upper Bay Bridge in the foreground

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  1. ^ NYCRoads.com, Bayonne-Port Newark Bridge
  2. ^ "NEWARK BAY BRIDGE ON TURNPIKE OPENS", The New York Times abstract, April 5, 1956. Accessed October 7, 2007. "Gov. Robert B. Meyner cut a ribbon to open a two-mile bridge over the Newark Bay between Hudson and Essex Counties today."

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