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Abraham Burton Cohen

Hudson County Boulevard Bridge at Journal Square

Abraham Burton Cohen (March 9, 1882 – February 11, 1956) was an American civil engineer notable for his role in designing innovative and record-breaking concrete bridges such as the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad's Tunkhannock Viaduct, the world's largest concrete structure when completed. Cohen was an active member of the American Concrete Institute and earned ACI's Wason Medal for Most Meritorious Paper in 1927.[1]



Cohen was born in Chicago and died in East Orange, New Jersey. He earned a degree in civil engineering from Purdue University in 1905 and an honorary doctorate in 1949.[2] Cohen spent a majority of his career with the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad (DL&W) before leaving in 1920 to form his own consulting practice in New York City. As a consulting engineer, he designed a number of concrete spans in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Binghamton, New York, and elsewhere. At least two of his works, the Tunkhannock Viaduct and Scranton's Harrison Avenue Bridge, are on the National Register of Historic Places.[3] He died on February 11, 1956.[2]

Selected projectsEdit


  • Cohen, A. B. (April 1914). "Progress and Development of Concrete Work on the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad". American Concrete Institute Proceedings. 10 (4): 239–264. doi:10.14359/16088.
  • Cohen, A. B. (June 1918). "Reinforced-Concrete Flat-Slab Railway Bridges". American Concrete Institute Proceedings. 14 (6): 321–334. doi:10.14359/15805.
  • Cohen, A. Burton (February 1926). "Correlated Considerations in Design and Construction of Concrete Bridges". American Concrete Institute Proceedings. 22 (2): 560–610. doi:10.14359/15460.
  • Cohen, A. Burton (September 1935). "Supervision and Inspection of Concrete". American Concrete Institute Proceedings. 32 (9): 40–45. doi:10.14359/8367.
  • Cohen, A. Burton (November 1946). "Repairs to Spruce Street Bridge, Scranton, Pennsylvania". American Concrete Institute Proceedings. 43 (11): 241–248. doi:10.14359/8751.


  1. ^ "Wason Medal for Most Meritorious Paper". American Concrete Institute. Retrieved November 20, 2014.
  2. ^ a b "A. B. Cohen Dies. Civil Engineer: Planner of Thruway Bridges Also Worked on Removal of Rail Grade Crossings". The New York Times. February 12, 1956. Retrieved 2010-07-04.
  3. ^ Spivey, Justin M. (August 1998). "Harrison Avenue Bridge (South-East Scranton Viaduct)" (PDF). Historic American Engineering Record. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress. p. 1. Retrieved November 27, 2017.

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