Category:Bridges in Albany County, New York
Pages in category "Bridges in Albany County, New York"
The following 12 pages are in this category, out of 12 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 12 pages are in this category, out of 12 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Alfred H. Smith Memorial Bridge – The Alfred H. Smith Memorial Bridge is a railroad bridge spanning the Hudson River at Castleton-on-Hudson and Selkirk, New York in the United States. The bridge forms part of the Castleton Subdivision of CSX and he died in a horse-riding accident in Central Park in 1924, prior to the completion of the bridge in that same year. He is sometimes confused with Alfred E. Smith, New Yorks governor at the time, the bridge has been the southernmost rail freight route across the Hudson River since 1974, after a fire damaged the Poughkeepsie Bridge,55 miles further south. Rail freight traveling between New York City or Long Island and all points south must take a 280-mile detour along the Hudson River and across the bridge, a route known as the Selkirk hurdle. The Cross-Harbor Rail Tunnel project has proposed as a direct route between Long Island and the US mainland, cutting across New York Harbor. The Alfred H. Smith Memorial Bridge was completed in 1924 to facilitate rail traffic which was growing increasingly bottlenecked through Albany. Steep grades west of Albany required delays of westbound traffic as additional engines were supplied or trains were broken into sections to allow them to climb the hill. Bethlehem Steels McClintic Marshall subsidiary build the bulk of the steel used in the bridge. Grading began in 1922 and the concrete pedestal foundations were finished near the end of 1923. The steel trusses were begun in early 1924, by November the concrete deck was complete and New York Governor Alfred E. Smith formally opened the bridge, naming it the Alfred H Smith Memorial Bridge. Schodack Island State Park List of fixed crossings of the Hudson River Alfred H. Smith Memorial Bridge at Structurae
2. Collar City Bridge – The Collar City Bridge carries NYS Route 7 across the Hudson River connecting Colonie, New York with Troy, by way of passing over Green Island. Though the northern terminus of Interstate 787 is unclear, there is evidence of a concurrency at least halfway across the bridge. The bridge had been planned since the 1950s, but did not open to traffic until 1981 connecting Troy, by the end of the decade, the Route 7 Freeway was completed with a connection to the bridge. The bridges official name, a reference to the City of Troys nickname, was selected by a couple in nearby Berlin. Bridges portal New York portal List of fixed crossings of the Hudson River Capital Highways
3. Crescent Bridge – Crescent Bridge is a 1, 229-foot bridge over the Mohawk River and the Erie Canal. It is in Crescent, New York, a hamlet in the town of Halfmoon in southern Saratoga County on the side of the Mohawk River. The Crescent Bridge carries U. S Route 9 over the Mohawk River between the towns of Colonie in Albany County and Halfmoon, the first crossing at Crescent was the Erie Canal Aqueduct which carried the canal over the river. The Clintons Ditch aqueduct was a structure supported by twelve stone piers. It served from the opening in 1825 until 1842. Before the aqueduct was built people and goods were ferried across the river at the nearby Dunsbach Ferry, the Crescent aqueduct was one of two that crossed the Mohawk River, the other was at Rexford. The one in Crescent was called the Lower Mohawk Aqueduct, when the Erie Canal was widened in 1842 a second larger Crescent aqueduct was built beside the first one. Afterwards the piers of the 1825 aqueduct were used to support a road at one point. The Lower Mohawk Aqueduct of 1842 was 1,137 feet in length,40.5 feet wide and had 26 stone arch spans and it stood for 73 years until the New State Barge Canal system opened in 1915. It was the longest aqueduct in the state, there are only a few cut stone remnants of the abutments on both the north and south banks of the Mohawk River which mark the opposite ends of the aqueduct. In the 1950s a steel bridge was built to replace the truss bridge. This multi-girder bridge was replaced in 1996 with a new girder bridge
4. Dunn Memorial Bridge – The Dunn Memorial Bridge, officially known as the Private Parker F. Dunn Memorial Bridge, carries US9 and US20 across the Hudson River between Albany, New York and Rensselaer, New York. Completed in 1969 to replace an earlier span bearing the same name and it is the southernmost toll-free road crossing of the Hudson. It is named for Parker F. Dunn, an Albany native who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his service in World War I. The road was supposed to continue on as part of the canceled South Mall Expressway to Interstate 90 at present day Exit 8. Rensselaers Riverfront Park is located under the end of the bridge. Peregrine falcons have been observed nesting under the roadway since 1998, on July 27,2005, the bridge was temporarily closed when a ramp leading to the Empire State Plaza split vertically, causing the roadbed to drop more than a foot. A section of the ramp, which at 89 feet tall is the uppermost one connecting to the bridge, had slipped, the Department of Transportation was alerted to the situation by a call from a commuter who had driven over the gap. Two steel towers were installed to support the ramp and it was later repaired, on March 25,2014, a man jumped off the bridge following a police chase in connection with a shooting the previous night. The man survived and was evacuated via ambulance
5. Hawk Street Viaduct – The Hawk Street Viaduct was a bridge spanning the Sheridan Hollow neighborhood in Albany, New York. Built in 1890, it was demolished in 1970 after decades of neglect caused it to be limited to pedestrian traffic only in 1968. It was the first cantilever bridge in the world. Built in 1890 the bridge was the first to span Sheridan Hollow, list of bridges documented by the Historic American Engineering Record in New York Historic American Engineering Record No
6. Hudson River Way – The Hudson River Way is a pedestrian bridge that links Broadway in downtown Albany, New York with the Corning Preserve on the bank of the Hudson River. The Hudson River Way was intended to spark downtown and riverfront growth in Albany and these bricks now pave the structure. The grand opening was on August 10,2002, the bridge has thirty concrete nine-foot obelisk-lampposts that feature trompe loeil still-life paintings by AlbanyMural Ltd. The Hudson River Way paintings were awarded the Americans for the Arts Public Art Network Award in 2004 for exceptional quality, sponsored by individuals and organizations, each mural depicts a historical period or event in Albanys history, from prehistoric times to the present. Many of the paintings are based on archaeological artifacts in area museums, research for the composition of the paintings took 18 months and involved dozens of experts and historians from across the Capital District. The paintings themselves took two years to complete and were executed by principal artist Jan-Marie Spanard and assistant artist Koren Lazarou, the paintings are made of a permanent pigment called potassium silicate. This same material has been used on architecture in Western Europe since the mid-19th century. The Potassium silicate paints used on the Hudson River Way were produced by a German company called Keimfarben
7. Livingston Avenue Bridge – The Livingston Avenue Bridge is a railroad bridge over the Hudson River in New York connecting Albany and Rensselaer. The original structure was built in 1866 by the Hudson River Bridge Company but was replaced in 1901–02, a rotating swing bridge span allows large ships to proceed up the river. The bridge was purchased from CSX in December 2012 as part of Amtraks Empire Corridor lease, a small branch extends east from Albany-Rensselaer station down the Post-Road subdivision, where Amtraks ownership terminates just south of the Interstate 90 Berkshire Spur overpass. The Livingston Avenue Bridge is most frequently used for east-west travel in New York, as well as trains of CSX. The bridge hosts an active railroad interlocking tower and Amtrak block operators staff the tower 24 hours a day and they are responsible for directing rail traffic around Amtraks Rensselaer Terminal and nearby trackage as well as opening and closing the bridge. Due to the condition of the bridge, trains cross one at a time at 15 miles per hour. DOT considers the bridge mechanism to be unreliable and the overall bridge design inadequate for current railroad operating standards. The bridge opens for ship traffic about 400 times per year, the Hudson River Bridge Company was incorporated April 9,1856. Work on the bridge was begun in April 1864, the earlier Green Island Bridge had opened to the north in Troy in 1835, but required the longer route of the Schenectady and Troy Railroad west from Troy. The turntable bridge was 4800 feet long, with a clearance of 30 feet from water when closed. The first engine, the Augustus Schell, passed over the bridge on February 18,1866, passenger trains started using it on February 22. The Maiden Lane Bridge was often referred to as the South Bridge, in the winter of 1866, once travel patterns were set, Cornelius Vanderbilt, owner of the Hudson River Railroad, suddenly refused to allow any transfers from the New York Central. According to the documentary The Men Who Built America the motivation for this closure was retaliation against the owners of New York Central for negotiating a new contract in bad faith. The New York Central board gave in, and in 1867 Vanderbilt acquired the company and this gave the New York Central a majority of ownership in the company, in 1900 the New York Central leased the Boston and Albany. The current bridge was constructed in 1901-2 and was named the Livingston Avenue Bridge, at the time the original Hudson River Bridge was constructed Livingston Avenue had been named Lumber Street, as it led to the Albany Lumber District. As of 2012, DOT is evaluating whether to rehabilitate or replace the structure, the cost to replace the bridge was estimated at $50 million in 1998. Decisions about rehabilitation will include consideration of upgrading the bridge to accommodate high-speed rail traffic, funding for construction has not yet been allocated. One matter of contention is whether the project will restore the public walkway over the bridge
8. Maiden Lane Bridge – The Maiden Lane Bridge was a railroad bridge across the Hudson River between the city of Albany and Rensselaer County, New York. It was designed by Kellogg, Clark & Co. and was one of the largest bridges they designed, the Maiden Lane Bridge was often referred to as the South Bridge, while the Livingston Avenue Bridge was referred to as the North Bridge. Bridge was used for freight while passenger trains used the Maiden Lane Bridge for access to Union Station, the state of New York authorized construction on May 10,1869, construction began in May 1870, and the first train crossed on December 28,1871. All the spans except the one over Maiden Lane were double tracked, through, and pin connected, the span over Maiden Lane was also double tracked, but was a deck and plate girder span. A reconstruction of the bridge, except for the span, was done in 1899 by Pencoyd Bridge Company. History of Albany, New York Downtown Albany Historic District List of fixed crossings of the Hudson River