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Walkway Over The Hudson

Photos 

Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

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BH Photo #137509

Map 

Street Views 

Facts 

Overview
Cantilevered deck truss bridge over the Hudson River between Poughkeepsie and Highland
Location
Highland, Dutchess County, New York, and Ulster County, New York
Status
Open to pedestrians
History
Built 1888 by the Union Bridge Co.; closed to railroad traffic May 8, 1974 due to fire; reopened to pedestrians on Oct. 3, 2009
Builders
- 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
Railroads
- Central New England Railway (CNE)
- Conrail (CR)
- New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad (NH)
- Penn Central Railroad (PC)
Design
Cantilevered Warren deck truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 548.0 ft.
Total length: 6,767.1 ft. (1.3 mi.)
Deck width: 35.0 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on February 23, 1979
Also called
PC - Poughkeepsie Bridge
New Haven RR- Poughkeepsie Bridge
Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge
CNE - Poughkeepsie Bridge
Poughkeepsie Highland Railroad Bridge
CNE - Hudson River Bridge
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:
Poughkeepsie
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 30, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • August 11, 2021: New photo from Art Suckewer
  • July 25, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • January 24, 2021: New photos from Josh Schmid
  • July 25, 2020: New photos from Geoff Hubbs
  • November 25, 2019: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • November 24, 2019: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • March 10, 2019: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • 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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Comments 

Walkway Over The Hudson
Posted November 15, 2021, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

No problem! I had heard about that some time ago while doing research for my own site. Thanks for posting the obituary as well! It was an interesting read, especially seeing how there are a couple of extant spans by Rust & Coolidge that we now know of.

Walkway Over The Hudson
Posted November 15, 2021, by Art S. (Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Thanks John!

I kind of figured there was more to the story.

Regards,

Art S.

Walkway Over The Hudson
Posted November 15, 2021, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

It's been my understanding that some of the foundations were installed, but a cofferdam failed, leading to the dissolution of the first American Bridge Company.

https://www.hudsonrivervalley.org/poughkeepsie-railroad-brid...

However, I haven't found anything on if the foundations were used in the 1888 bridge.

Walkway Over The Hudson
Posted November 15, 2021, by Art S. (Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

According to Henry Rust's obit., American Bridge Co. of Chicago put in the foundations in 1877-78.

Were these used or replaced in 1888?

Art S.

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.