The Paulinskill Viaduct is also known for its internal chambers (used to inspect the structural integrity of the bridge), which are popular among those who enjoy urban exploration. See. The viaduct’s internal chambers, which were once used to inspect its structural integrity, became hidden galleries of street art. This park contains a number of standing stones meant to heal and inspire. Join us for the 5th episode in this six-part mini-series covering the 21 "missing" miles of the Lackawanna Cut-Off between the Paulinskill Viaduct and the Delaware River Viaduct… No purchase necessary. NJT has proposed to restore the rest of the Cut-Off, including the Paulinskill Viaduct, and restore passenger service into northeastern Pennsylvania, possibly as far as Scranton. Now you have cell phones,” said Walsh, who runs the Lackawanna Cut-Off Historical Committee Facebook group. The rest of the time, it’s a hidden treasure. Aerial view of the 109-year-old Paulinskill Viaduct. “We would encourage people, if they want to hike in the woods, to do it in a state park or on the state trail system. The tracks were removed in 1982 and the Viaduct abandoned. But it didn’t completely solve the issues. This article is part of “Unknown New Jersey,” an ongoing series that highlights interesting and little-known stories about our past, present, and future -- all the unusual things that make our great state what is it. Follow him on Twitter@RobJenningsNJ. When completed in 1910, it was the largest reinforced concrete structure in the world. Please click below to consent to the use of this technology while browsing our site. About four or five years ago, some “enormous concrete blocks,” about 10 feet long and 3 feet wide, were installed to block ATVs and other vehicles. The site caters to an assortment of urban explorers willing to risk the occasional trespassing ticket, like hikers, partiers, graffiti artists, and even the occasional bungee jumper. “Mostly it’s kids with motor bikes,” he said when asked what he typically sees up there. The viaduct was built by the Delaware, Lackawanna and … The viaduct was built by the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad as part of the Lackawanna Cut-Off, a project that replaced an older route with a straighter and flatter route through the mountains of northwestern New Jersey. “Our main issue is the township of Knowlton does not own the (viaduct). DOT spokesperson Mairin Bellack, in an email, reiterated that “public access is strictly prohibited.”. Some visitors found the illegal artwork mesmerizing; others were repulsed by the profanity scattered throughout the images. The E-L in turn operated the Cut-Off until 1976 when the railroad was conveyed into Conrail,[3] which ran trains until 1979, abandoned the line in 1982, and removed the tracks in 1984. The Paulinskill Viaduct, also known as the Hainesburg Viaduct, is a reinforced concrete railroad bridge that crosses the Paulins Kill in Knowlton Township, New Jersey. We stopped by Paulinskill Viaduct in Knowlton, NJ on the way back from a trip to the Delaware Water Gap. Jeff Flynn said that troopers respond both to complaints and do periodic checks of unattended cars in the area. Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad, "This N.J. rail bridge is beloved by many, but nobody knows what to do with it",, Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad bridges, Former railway bridges in the United States, Infobox mapframe without OSM relation ID on Wikidata, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Still extant (railroad tracks removed in 1984), This page was last edited on 3 November 2019, at 16:34. A highway could have connected Routes 280 and 78. 66. Mathez recalled boarding the train in Blairstown, but never actually rode across the viaduct. Trains traveled atop the railway up until the late 20th century, then traffic gradually diminished as the years passed. Rail lines were like today’s interstates,” he said, adding that restoring the Lackawanna Cutoff would especially benefit commuters from eastern Pennsylvania seeking an alternative to driving on Route 80. Designed by the DL&W's engineering staff under the supervision of chief engineer Lincoln Bush[2] and built by the Philadelphia contracting firm of Reiter, Curtis & Hill, the bridge was considered a pioneering work that opened the door to the building of even larger concrete viaducts by the Lackawanna, most notably the Tunkhannock Viaduct in Pennsylvania in 1915. Got a story to pitch? 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Chuck Walsh, also of Knowlton, recalled spotting bungee jumpers as far back as the 1980s. Built by the Delaware, Lackawanna, & Western Railroad, the seven arch span is an awesome 1,100 feet long, and towers 115 feet above the Paulinskill River. The train itself remains a distant memory, even if the Paulinskill Viaduct - aside from the graffiti - looks much as it did from more than a century ago. For years, graffiti covered many of the structure’s walls. I heard it's technically trespassing, but the cops don't really care as long as you don't graffiti- is that true? Officials installed fencing making it difficult to toss anything off the viaduct in that area, he said. New Jersey Transit is working to restore commuter service along the Cut-Off, with the 7.3-mile (11.7 km) section from Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey, to Andover, New Jersey, currently under construction and slated to open in 2020. Hikers, ATV riders, climbers, graffiti artists - even bungee-jumpers - have been spotted over the years. Atlas Obscura and our trusted partners use technology such as cookies on our website to personalise ads, support social media features, and analyse our traffic. [1] When completed in 1910, it was the largest reinforced concrete structure in the world. It’s a constant, ongoing problem to get the graffiti off,” Starrs said. Winner will be selected at random on 12/01/2020. At a total length of 1,100 feet and with a clearance of 115 feet, it’s still a worthy feat of engineering to behold, even though it has since lost its record-holding title. © 2020 Advance Local Media LLC. © 2020 Atlas Obscura. In January of 2016, two women had to be rescued after one became trapped within the old railroad bridge because of an ankle injury. The N.J. Department of Transportation, which owns the right of way that includes the Paulinskill Viaduct, did no immediately respond to a request for comment on possible future uses. Read More Unknown New Jersey stories like this: Rob Jennings may be reached at The Paulinskill Viaduct, which was completed in 1910, was once the world’s largest reinforced concrete structure. Mike Del Vecchio, president of the Tri-State Railway Historical Society, Inc., hasn’t given up on fully restoring the Lackawanna Cutoff. Offer subject to change without notice. “That seems to have abated,” Mathez said. Since then it has remained a … Despite being officially closed, the bridge still receives its fair share of pedestrian traffic (even though those who do go are technically trespassing). Opened to regular rail traffic on Christmas Eve 1911, the Paulinskill Viaduct, supported by its seven graceful arches, carried DL&W trains until 1960, when the railroad merged with the Erie Railroad to form the Erie Lackawanna Railroad. “It’s a landmark of historical significance. The Paulinskill Viaduct, also known as the Hainesburg Viaduct, is a reinforced concrete railroad bridge that crosses the Paulins Kill in Knowlton Township.