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Driving Park Bridge (Original)

Photos 

Photocopy Of Photograph. View North Showing South Elevation (Original Print In The Possession Of Engineering Photograph Collection, Municipal Archives, City Of Rochester, New York, C. 1890)

Photo taken for the Historic American Engineering Record

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BH Photo #335464

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Description 

The Driving Park Avenue Bridge was constructed in two years, from 1889 to 1890, by the Rochester Bridge and Iron Works, based on design plans by Leffert L. Buck. The bridge is 717 feet long, spanning the 200-foot-deep Genesee River Gorge. The design employed spandrel bracing, a technique specifically used for traversing gorges. The Driving Park Avenue Bridge is considered to be the first spandrel-braced arch truss bridge near the end of the iron bridge era when steel was beginning to come into use and was one of the last wrought-iron bridges constructed.

-- Historic American Engineering Record

Facts 

Overview
Lost Iron arch bridge over Geneseee River on Driving Park Avenue
Location
Rochester, Monroe County, New York
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built 1890; Replaced 1985
Builders
- Leffert L. Buck of Canton, New York (Design)
- Rochester Bridge & Iron Works of Rochester, New York
Design
Iron arch
Dimensions
Total length: 717.0 ft.
Also called
Seneca Park Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.18127, -77.62811   (decimal degrees)
43°10'53" N, 77°37'41" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/286413/4784298 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 68888 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 1, 2016: New photo from Dana and Kay Klein
  • August 14, 2015: Added by Luke

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