Historic bridge on Jockey Hollow trail restored

From the Sunday Oct 23, 2022 Star Ledger


A trail bridge in Morristown National Historical Park was recently rebuilt through a partnership with the New York-based Stephen T. Mather Building Arts & Craftsmanship High School.


Funded by the Great American Outdoors Act, the $79,876 bridge reconstruction project was a priority due to the age of the bridge supports and erosion of the stream bank that supported the bridge, according to a news release from the National Park Service.


The work is part of ongoing efforts by the the National Park Service to preserve, restore and rehabilitate park infrastructure and facilities. The bridge is located on the Grand Loop Trail (White Trail) where it crosses the Primrose Brook within the park’s Jockey Hollow Area.


After Congress established the park in 1933, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) constructed the original trail bridge in 1939 when they built hiking trails throughout the park. The bridge was most recently rehabilitated in 1993.


Mather is a career and technical education school located in New York City. In partnership with the NPS, its students can receive hands-on experience in building and landscaping trades that emphasize high-quality craftsmanship and specialized building arts.


For five weeks this summer, students, recent graduates, and teachers from the school worked with NPS Maintenance Action Team staff from the regional Historic Architecture, Conservation, and Engineering Center and the National Parks of New York Harbor to rebuild the bridge and complete other trail repairs in the park.

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