Delaware River Viaduct

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I’ve been driving past this little bridge for years now, and always give it a special look on the way up to Syracuse on rt. 80. I’m very fond of the multiple arches, which are both simple and elegant in their construction. The now abandoned Delaware River Viaduct was a railroad bridge built in 1910 as part of the Lackawanna Cut-off line. Made of reinforced concrete it spans the Delaware River just south of the Delaware Water Gap, crossing over into Pennsylvania.  It has its own Wikpedia page. And there are these wonderful pictures of it here on some dude’s website devoted to urban exploration. The Delaware River Viaduct photographs incredibly well, framed by and framing the steep hills of the gap. Both hills and the bridge hang over the river. About this, Heidegger was right. “The bridge lets the stream run its course.” A nice thought. “The bridge gathers to itself in its own way earth and sky, divinities and mortals.” About this I’m going to be less sure.



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Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics.
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