Tugboats Carry Former Willis Avenue Bridge into Jersey City

The new Willis Avenue Bridge sits on a barge at the Port of Coeymans, New York in July in the Hudson River. The old bridge is now temporarily in Jersey City (Photo courtesy of Skip Dickstein/Times Union)

by Associated Press

A 110-year-old bridge that spanned New York’s Harlem River is temporarily calling New Jersey home.

Tugboats nudged the old Willis Avenue Bridge into Jersey City today.
It once carried 70,000 vehicles daily between upper Manhattan and the South Bronx.

Plans call for melting and recycling the old bridge’s steel. Its concrete parts will be made into fill.

The bridge was known as “the wall” to those who run the New York City marathon because it was the 20-mile mark on the course and some runners couldn’t make it to farther.

A prebuilt 350-foot-long bridge connecting upper Manhattan and the South Bronx was installed in August.

Read more from NJ.com.

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