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West Side Elevated Highway

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West Side Highway At Gansevoort St. Looking Nw

Photo taken for the Historic American Engineering Record

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Description 

Built 1929-1951; Portion at 14th Street collapsed 1973; Jane Street north to 26th Street demolished 1977. 26th Street to 42nd Street demolished 1981-1982;Jane Street south to Spring Street demolished 1981;Spring Street south to the Battery demolished 1981-1982; Section from 43rd Street and 59th Street Left intact as the Joe DiMaggio Highway and was rehabbed in 1995

Facts 

Overview
Mostly lost Deck plate girder bridge over City Streets on West Side Elevated Highway
Location
New York City, New York County, New York
Status
One remaining section (Built 1931) remains open as part of the the Joe DiMaggio Highway
History
Built 1929-1951; Portion at 14th Street collapsed 1973; Majority demolished by 1982; Section from 43rd Street and 59th Street (Built 1931) left intact as the Joe DiMaggio Highway and was rehabbed in 1995
Builder
- Robert Moses of New Haven, Connecticut (Designer)
Design
Deck plate girder
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 112.9 ft.
Total length: 3,633.1 ft. (0.7 mi.)
Deck width: 67.9 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.77416, -73.99257   (decimal degrees)
40°46'27" N, 73°59'33" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/585015/4514175 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Central Park
Inventory numbers
NY 2257569 (New York State bridge identification number)
BH 61542 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 08/2015)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Appraisal: Functionally obsolete
Sufficiency rating: 35.1 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2013)
103,205

Update Log 

  • July 5, 2014: Updated by Luke Harden: Re-added demolition section of history, noted portion retained and moved pin to the extant section
  • July 2, 2014: Updated by Stephen Greer: Bridge is still intact, original info was for when the majority of it was removed.
  • June 28, 2014: Added by Luke Harden

Sources 

  • Luke
  • HAER NY-133 - West Side Highway, New York, New York County, NY
  • Stephen Greer