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High Bridge

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High Bridge

High Bridge viewed from the southeast (Bronx side of Harlem River) in the Spring of 2005.

(c) 2005 by Michael Minn (michaelminn.com)

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BH Photo #117391

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Description 

Oldest extant bridge in New York City. Built as a stone arch aqueduct in 1848. The water supply it provided enabled the tremendous growth of New York City. Five central spans replaced with a single steel deck arch in 1927 to aid river navigation. Replaced for water supply purposes on December 15, 1949. Closed to pedestrians ca 1970.

Reopened to pedestrians and bicycles after major renovation, on June 9, 2015.

Facts 

Overview
Stone and steel arch bridge over Harlem River
Location
New York City, New York County, New York, and Bronx County, New York
Status
Open to pedestrians and bicycles
History
Built in 1848 to carry the original Croton Aqueduct; Steel arch added by the Corps of Engineers in 1927 to benefit river navigation. Reopened to pedestrians 2015.
Builders
- James Renwick Jr. (Engineer)
- John B. Jervis (Engineer)
- McClintic-Marshall Co. of Chicago, Illinois & Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Steel Arch)
Design
Steel arch with stone arch approach spans
Dimensions
Total length: 1,196.9 ft.
Also called
Aqueduct Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.84222, -73.93000   (decimal degrees)
40°50'32" N, 73°55'48" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/590203/4521793 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Central Park
Inventory numbers
NY 2246580 (New York State bridge identification number)
BH 26430 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Average daily traffic (as of 1999)
147,078

Update Log 

  • November 6, 2015: Updated by Roger Deschner: Renovation complete; bridge reopened to pedestrians and bicycles
  • November 14, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added builders, noted that bridge is undergoing renovations
  • April 6, 2013: New photos from Tom White
  • July 11, 2008: Updated by Michael Minn

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