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Balcony Bridge

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Balcony Bridge

Viewed from the southeast in August, 2007 while the lake was undergoing renovations.

(c) 2007 by Michael Minn (michaelminn.com)

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Overview
Stone arch bridge on West Drive in Central Park
Location
New York City, New York County, New York
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built in 1860 as one of Central Park's original 35 bridges
Builder
- Calvert Vaux of London, England, United Kingdom
Design
Built with Manhattan schist and mountain greywacke. Named for the seating bays built into the guard rails. Hard to photography because it is surrounded by vegetation.
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 24.9 ft.
Total length: 99.7 ft.
Deck width: 32.8 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
West Drive Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.77778, -73.97250   (decimal degrees)
40°46'40" N, 73°58'21" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/586704/4514596 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Central Park
Inventory numbers
NY 2246330 (New York State bridge identification number)
BH 26453 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 01/2014)
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Appraisal: Functionally obsolete
Sufficiency rating: 65.3 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2010)
5,107

Update Log 

  • July 15, 2008: Updated by Michael Minn