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Weehawken Transfer Bridges Numbers 5&6
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There will be a few postings on this subject of the Weehawken Transfer Bridges.
Bridges 5&6 were built by Butler Brothers-Hoff Company of New York in 1907.
How they were built was outlined in the publication "Engineering Record" in their February 15, 1908 edition.  The 75 to 85 foot yellow pine piles were driven and tested over a period of time to make sure that the settling was acceptable by adding more and more weight to them. After settling from a load weight of 22 tons  the piles only dropped about a quarter of an inch.  Each pile was able to support between 10 and 13 tons.  Dredging the Hudson River at a depth of 20 feet enabled car floats and tugs to access the site.  Most traffic from these bridges was to connect to the  bridges at the foot of West 33rd Street in Manhattan.


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