NY5S Schoharie Creek Bridge
schoharie-rr-bridge | by Russ Nelson
Photo by Russ Nelson
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Originally built as a 2 track railroad bridge on the New York, West Shore & Buffalo Railroad, this bridge and its associated segment of line was abandoned when the New York Central Railroad acquired the NYWS&B in 1981, as the NYC already had a line north of this location.
In 1987 the nearby Interstate 90 (New York Thruway) bridge collapsed during a flood when excessive scouring undermined a central pier, killing 10 people. To continue traffic the interstate was rerouted over the current Route 5S bridge, and Route 5S was moved over the railroad bridge which had received a rehabilitation to convert it to roadway use. In December of that year the new interstate bridge was completed.
After route 5S traffic returned to its original bridge, the bridge became part of the canal way trail, a rail trail following the old NYWS&B rail bed.
The original highway bridge, already weak, was further damaged by Hurricane Irene in 2011, which this bridge endured undamaged. The highway bridge was subsequently converted to carry the Canalway Trail and this bridge has been converted to permanently carry Route 5S, the two adjacent bridges swapping roles in 2015.
- Baltimore through truss bridge over Schoharie Creek on NY 5S
- Montgomery County, New York
- Open to highway traffic; RR line abandoned
- Built 1910 by Fort Pitt Bridge works; Abandoned 1981; Converted for emergency Highway use 1987; Converted to pedestrian path 1988; Rehabilitated for permanent highway use 2015
- - Fort Pitt Bridge Works of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- - Conrail (CR)
- New York Central Railroad (NYC)
- New York, West Shore & Buffalo Railroad (NYWS&B)
- West Shore Railroad (WSH)
- 2 span Baltimore through truss with 2 span pony plate girder approach spans
Length of largest span: 162.7 ft.
Total length: 498.7 ft.
Deck width: 23.3 ft.
- Also called
- NYWS&B - Schoharie Creek Bridge
- Approximate latitude, longitude
- +42.93737, -74.28078 (decimal degrees)
42°56'15" N, 74°16'51" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
- Approximate UTM coordinates
- 18/558682/4754110 (zone/easting/northing)
- Inventory numbers
- NY 5523610 (New York State bridge identification number)
BH 62115 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- Inspection (as of 03/2014)
- Deck condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Appraisal: Functionally obsolete
Sufficiency rating: 74.8 (out of 100)
- Average daily traffic (as of 2000)
- July 7, 2016: Updated by Roger Deschner: Now permanently carries Highway NY 5S; renamed
- August 11, 2015: Updated by Michael Quiet: Added bridge history & pictures
- July 6, 2015: Photo imported by Ian Martin
- July 30, 2014: New Street View added by Ian Martin
- Ian Martin
- Michael Quiet - mquiet [at] gmail [dot] com
- Roger Deschner - rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com