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Guide to the Bayonne Bridge Historic Preservation Documentation
2007-2021
 PR 443

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Collection processed by Margo Padilla and Larry Weimer

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on May 29, 2022
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Biographical / Historical

The Bayonne Bridge, referred to originally as the Kill Van Kull Bridge after the waterway it spans, reaches from Bayonne, New Jersey, across to Staten Island, New York. It is an arch bridge that carries vehicular traffic. Designed by Othmar Ammann and Cass Gilbert, construction began in 1928 and was completed in 1931. At the time, it was the world's longest arch bridge.

In 2019, the Bayonne Bridge underwent a Navigational Clearance Program that raised its roadway 64 feet. This enabled the current, and much larger, generation of container ships to pass underneath, and the Port of New York and New Jersey to remain competitive. It also retained the bridge's principal structural feature – its iconic parabolic arch. It had been determined eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

In accordance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, and in association with both New York and New Jersey Offices of Historic Preservation, the Port Authority developed a plan to mitigate the alterations to the bridge's appearance. Part of this mitigation plan included the preparation of the materials in this collection. The Port Authority engaged Richard Grubb & Associates, a cultural resource consulting firm, to produce or distribute this documentation, which was posted on Port Authority's website and distributed to New-York Historical Society and other repositories in the metropolitan area.

(The above note was based on information from Wikipedia, the Port Authority's website, and the transmittal letter in the collection.)