Paulsboro Railroad Bridge Emergency Response
Overview

During the early morning hours of Friday, November 30, 2012, seven freight train cars derailed at the Paulsboro Bridge over the Mantua Creek. An integral part of Conrail's Penns Grove Secondary – a 20-mile railroad freight line in the Delaware Valley – Conrail turned to trusted bridge experts Modjeski and Masters to assist with restoring safe operations of the railroad.

Also known as the East Jefferson Street railroad bridge, the Paulsboro Bridge was built in 1917 and rebuilt in 1940 for the Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Lines. Following an emergency field response and inspection, M&M worked with Conrail to reopen U.G. Bridge No. 13.70 over Mantua Creek. The reconstructed bridge ensured continued safety for the local community and safe operations for Conrail. The existing 183-ft single-track bridge features a 52-ft movable span which was rendered inoperable in late 2012.

Bridge Geometry
Length of Main Span 52.5 Feet
Total Projet Length 183.5 Feet
Tracks on Structure One