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West Ferry Street Bridge


West Ferry Street Bridge


Photo taken by Douglas Butler in April 2013


BH Photo #273310

Street Views 


Ferry Street Bridge opening

Brian W

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West Ferry Bridge is the only bridge for highway traffic that has a machinery built in the bascule truss while the operating strut fixed to the counterweight bridge tower, one in Texas is removed. However the Strauss type is in Canada remains however is no longer navigable, was another Heel trunnion type also in Canada but is removed.

may 2016-Talked with the crew restoring the bridge. They replaced structural steel, Replace or built sidewalks (cannot remember) and painted it. It should be back open by the time of this post.


Bascule bridge over Black Rock Canal on West Ferry Street in Buffalo
Buffalo, Erie County, New York
Open to traffic
Built 1913
- Strauss Bascule Bridge Co. of Chicago, Illinois
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers of Washington, D.C.
Length of largest span: 164.7 ft.
Total length: 224.7 ft.
Deck width: 29.9 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 9.5 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.91500, -78.90250   (decimal degrees)
42°54'54" N, 78°54'09" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/671202/4753510 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Buffalo NW
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
NY 2260660 (New York State bridge identification number)
BH 26036 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2018)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 64.3 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • January 24, 2021: New photos from Josh Schmid
  • October 1, 2016: New photo from Dana and Kay Klein
  • July 30, 2016: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • July 22, 2016: Updated by Royce and Bobette Haley: description
  • April 18, 2016: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • January 19, 2016: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • December 15, 2015: New video from Douglas Butler
  • August 2, 2015: New photo from Luke
  • December 27, 2014: New photos from Douglas Butler
  • January 24, 2014: New photos from Douglas Butler
  • January 18, 2014: Updated by CANALLER: Added Info & Photo.
  • March 17, 2012: New Street View added by James Baughn


  • Douglas Butler
  • Luke
  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Dana and Kay Klein
  • Josh Schmid