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Fair Lawn in Bergen County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Morlot Ave - 33rd St. Bridge Over the Passaic River

Between the Borough of Fair Lawn, Bergen County and the City of Paterson, Passaic County

 
 
Morlot Ave - 33rd St. Bridge Over the Passaic River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Doran Howitt, December 2012
1. Morlot Ave - 33rd St. Bridge Over the Passaic River Marker
Inscription. Reflecting the need for additional river crossings as the area grew in the late 19th century, the contract for the original bridge was awarded in July 1890 to Riverside Bridge and Iron Works of Paterson, N.J. for $8,895. This original bridge was washed away on October 10 during the disastrous Passaic river flood of 1903. The flood destroyed practically all the bridges over the Passaic River in Bergen, Passaic, and Essex counties. In 1904, a contract for the second bridge was awarded to Cyclopean Iron Works of Jersey City, N.J. for $27,890. The second bridge, which remained in use from 1904 to 2008, was a through grider [sic] bridge with three 82' spans supported on stone abutments and concrete piers. In 2008, construction began on the third bridge which was placed in service February 2009.
 
Erected 2009.
 
Location. 40° 55.429′ N, 74° 8.39′ W. Marker is in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, in Bergen County. Marker is on Morlot Ave, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fair Lawn NJ 07410, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fair Lawn Memorial Park (approx. 0.4 miles away); Curie (approx. half a mile away); Passaic County Soldiers and Sailors Monument
Looking west across bridge from Fair Lawn image. Click for full size.
By Doran Howitt, circa December 1, 2012
2. Looking west across bridge from Fair Lawn
(approx. 0.6 miles away); Abraham Godwin (approx. 0.6 miles away); In Memory of Fair Lawn Police Officer Mary Ann Collura (approx. 0.6 miles away); Pulaski (approx. 0.6 miles away); Simeon Van Winkles (approx. 0.9 miles away); Holocaust and World War II Memorial (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fair Lawn.
 
More about this marker. It is attached to a piece of girder of the old green bridge it replaces.
The plaque misspells "girder" as "grider".
 
Also see . . .  Old Morlot Ave Passaic River Bridge. Stood from 1904-2009, known to locals as the "green bridge". (Submitted on January 7, 2013, by Doran Howitt of Fair Lawn, New Jersey.) 
 
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Looking across bridge from west side (from Paterson) image. Click for full size.
By Doran Howitt, circa December 1, 2012
3. Looking across bridge from west side (from Paterson)
The concrete piers are from old 1904 bridge.
Looking west from Fair Lawn image. Click for full size.
By Doran Howitt, December 1, 2012
4. Looking west from Fair Lawn
Notice the flood stage measure. The Passaic River rises to the top of the pier during floods, and overflows into the surrounding neighborhoods. The concrete piers are from old 1904 bridge.
Secondary marker attached to bridge itself image. Click for full size.
By Doran Howitt, circa December 1, 2012
5. Secondary marker attached to bridge itself
The politicians always want to memorialize themselves.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 7, 2013, by Doran Howitt of Fair Lawn, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 474 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 7, 2013, by Doran Howitt of Fair Lawn, New Jersey. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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