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Albany County Rail-Trail - Normans Kill Bridge

Photos 

Normanskill RR bridge

Looking from west abutment

Photo taken by Z. Fechten in July 2012

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BH Photo #248677

Map 

Video 

Albany County Rail Trail construction

The beginning of this video shows the Normanskill Bridge. It was taken during trail construction.

Fast forward to 1:30 for I-87 and US Route 9W over the Normanskill, and 6:30 for the bridge over Route 32.

Luizzi Brothers Contracting

Facts 

Overview
Pratt through truss bridge over Normanskill on Albany County Rail-Trail
Location
Bethlehem, Albany County, New York
Status
Open to pedestrians and cyclists only
History
Built ca. 1880, CP Rail proposed abandoning the line in 2003, purchased by Albany County in 2009, new deck for trail use placed in 2015.
Railroads
- Albany & Susquehanna Railroad (A&S)
- Canadian Pacific Railway (CP)
- Delaware & Hudson Railway (DH)
- Rail-to-trail
Design
Pratt through truss
Truss depth = 30 ft pin to pin
Trusses 16 ft apart
South truss members have heavier cross section. Records show that the bridge was built to be widened, and the south truss would have been the center truss of a three truss bridge.
Dimensions
Span length: 184.0 ft.
Total length: 184.0 ft.
Skew angle
45 degrees
Also called
DH - Normans Kill Bridge
A&S - Normans Kill Bridge
CP - Normans Kill Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.62613, -73.78371   (decimal degrees)
42°37'34" N, 73°47'01" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/599737/4720015 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Albany
Elevation
90 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 55544 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 25, 2016: New photo from Z Fechten
  • April 6, 2016: New video from Z Fechten
  • February 17, 2016: Updated by Z Fechten: New deck and railings installed for trail use
  • December 29, 2015: New photo from Luke
  • April 1, 2014: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Rail-to-trail"
  • February 13, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Mapped

Sources 

  • Luke