Washington Avenue Overpass – Piscataway NJ

Description

The Bureau of Public Roads provided funds to construct an overpass carrying Washington Avenue over the railroad in New Market, Piscataway Township, N.J. The project was undertaken as part of a larger grade crossing elimination initiative during that era. Living New Deal believes this structure has since been replaced.

New Jersey Board of Public Utility Commissioners: “A “Works Program-State Highway Department” project on which the Board initiated proceedings and on January 7, 1936, issued an order to eliminate the grade crossing at Washington Avenue. The proceedings originally affected three grade crossings located in close proximity to each other on Prospect Street, Main Street and Washington Avenue but the Board considered the method proposed to accomplish the elimination of the three grade crossings as part of one project impractical and discarded it in preference for a plan affecting the elimination of the grade crossing on Washington Avenue only. Contract for construction was let by State Highway Department on March 31st 1937, and construction was completed in November, 1937. Funds from the Bureau of Public Roads were allotted to meet the entire cost of construction.”

Source notes

New Jersey Board of Public Utility Commissioners, 1937 Report (pg. 74): http://dspace.njstatelib.org:8080/xmlui/bitstream/handle/10929/33076/1937.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y (accessed Mar. 2018)

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

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Location Info


S. Washington Ave.
Piscataway, NJ

Coordinates: 40.577791, -74.454063

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