The Public Works Administration (PWA) provided a grant for the grade separation of Wilson Avenue and what were then the Central Railroad of New Jersey railroad tracks in Newark, New Jersey. The project was undertaken as part of a larger grade crossing elimination initiative during that era. The PWA provided a grant of $158,850 for the project, whose total cost was $319,784.
New Jersey Board of Public Utility Commissioners: “The order to eliminate this crossing was originally issued by the Board May 1st, 1933, but extensions of time for beginning the work were granted from time to time and construction of the project did not start until January 7, 1937, after funds to meet part of the cost became available through a P.W.A. Grant. Work under contract with the Standard Bitulithic Company is making favorable progress“
PWA Docket No. NJ [W]1101
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. 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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