Elizabethport Railway Grade Separation – Elizabeth NJ

Description

The Public Works Administration (PWA) provided a massive grant for a giant grade separation project involving 13 roads, and two railway branches, in the Elizabethport section of Elizabeth, New Jersey. The PWA provided a grant of $2,110,950 for the project, whose total cost was $4,281,464.

The railway right of way is located just south of where the New Jersey Turnpike has since been built. Railway overpasses at the following roads (and geographic coordinates) bear date stamps consistent with this New Deal project:

  • 1st Ave. (40.651156, -74.196509)
  • Elizabeth Ave. (40.651590, -74.195717)
  • Marshall St. (40.652011, -74.194944)
  • Franklin St. (40.652427, -74.194179)
  • Fulton St. (40.652848, -74.193420)
  • E. Jersey St. (40.653263, -74.192662)
  • Livingston St. (40.653672, -74.191911)
  • Court St. (40.654998, -74.189483)
  • Magnolia Ave. (40.655404, -74.188727)
    [now a dead end]
  • Bond St. (40.655821, -74.187964)
    [now a dead end]
  • Pine St. (40.656237, -74.187199)

Along Trumbull Street:

  • 40.657986, -74.185306 (railway abandoned)
  • 40.657742, -74.184665
  • 40.657475, -74.184019 (railway abandoned)

Along Dowd Avenue:

  • 40.658406, -74.184567 (railway abandoned)
  • 40.658955, -74.184305

PWA Docket No. NJ [W]1100

Source notes

Source: National Archives: Record Group 135: Public Works Administration; Projects Control Division; Entry 52: Indices to Non-Federal Projects; Report No. 5: Status of All Completed Non-Federal Allotted Projects, page 18.

New Jersey Board of Public Utility Commissioners, 1937 Report (pg. 71): http://dspace.njstatelib.org:8080/xmlui/bitstream/handle/10929/33076/1937.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y (accessed Mar. 2018)

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Project originally submitted by Evan Kalish on March 26, 2018.

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Location Info


Elizabethport
Elizabeth, NJ

Coordinates: 40.654313, -74.190747

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