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Walkway Over The Hudson


Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

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BH Photo #137509


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Cantilevered deck truss bridge over the Hudson River between Poughkeepsie and Highland
Highland, Dutchess County, New York, and Ulster County, New York
Open to pedestrians
Built 1888 by the Union Bridge Co.; closed to railroad traffic May 8, 1974 due to fire; reopened to pedestrians on Oct. 3, 2009
- Arthur B. Paine (Designer)
- Charles Macdonald (Designer)
- Dawson, Symmes & Usher (Foundation Engineers)
- Harrison & Burrowes Bridge Constructors Inc. (2009 rehabilitation)
- John F. O'Rourke (Structural Engineer)
- P. P. Dickinson (Structural Engineer)
- Ralph Modjeski of Bochnia, Poland (1907 Rehab)
- Union Bridge Co. of Buffalo, New York & Athens, Pennsylvania
- Central New England Railway (CNE)
- Conrail (CR)
- New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad (NH)
- Penn Central Railroad (PC)
- Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR)
- Rail-to-trail
Cantilevered Warren deck truss
Length of largest span: 548.0 ft.
Total length: 6,767.1 ft. (1.3 mi.)
Deck width: 35.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on February 23, 1979
Also called
PRR - Poughkeepsie Bridge
Conrail - Poughkeepsie Bridge
PRR - Hudson River Bridge (Poughkeepsie)
Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge
CNE - Poughkeepsie Bridge
Poughkeepsie Highland Railroad Bridge
PC - Poughkeepsie Bridge
Conrail - Hudson River Bridge(Poughkeepsie)
CNE - Hudson River Bridge
PC - Hudson River Bridge (Poughkeepsie)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.71063, -73.94619   (decimal degrees)
41°42'38" N, 73°56'46" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/587669/4618184 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
NY 7005330 (New York State bridge identification number)
NRHP 79001577 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 25967 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 24, 2017: Updated by Matthew: “State Park Bridge” is unnecessary as well as “massive” in the design
  • November 20, 2016: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • November 6, 2016: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added categories "Pin-connected", "Riveted"
  • August 23, 2014: New photos from Janis Ford
  • April 2, 2014: Updated by Nathan Holth: Fixed span length.
  • November 18, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added Into
  • August 13, 2012: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added category "Railroad"
  • October 3, 2009: Bridge now open to pedestrians
  • April 19, 2009: Posted HAER photos

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Walkway Over The Hudson State Park Bridge
Posted April 2, 2014, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Hmm... that makes sense. Will fix to make it read 548 feet.

Walkway Over The Hudson State Park Bridge
Posted April 2, 2014, by Anonymous

According to Wikipedia, the longest span is "2 × 548 feet" -

548 X 2 = 1,096

That's probably not the proper way to measure that, though

Walkway Over The Hudson State Park Bridge
Posted April 2, 2014, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Not sure where the reported 1,096 span length for this bridge is coming from. This was reported to be shorter of a span than Young's High Bridge in Kentucky so would assume the largest span is less than 551 feet.