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University Heights Bridge

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University Heights Bridge

Viewed from the northeast (Bronx side) in March of 2005

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

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The University Heights Bridge, a steel Pratt/Howe truss, pin-connected, rim bearing swing span draw, with Warren truss approach spans, is one of the oldest swing-type bridges and the third oldest major bridge in New York City. It is the work of some of America's most prominent late 19th. century engineers. Although the bridge originally was built at the northern end of Manhattan, continuing Broadway into the Bronx, it was moved to its present site in a complex process beginning in 1905. It is important as an example of circa 1900 bridge technology, and was a vital link in the extension of the Harlem River, which greatly contributed to the development of New York City. It was designated a New York City Landmark by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1984.

-- Historic American Engineering Record

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Overview
Swing bridge over Harlem River on W. 207th Street in New York
Location
New York City, New York County, New York, and Bronx County, New York
Status
Open to traffic
History
Originally built 1895; main span relocated in 1906; opened to traffic January 8, 1908
Builders
- Alfred P. Boller of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1893-1895)
- George W. Birdsall (1893-1895)
- Othniel F. Nichols (1905-1908)
- William H. Burr (1893-1895)
Design
Swing Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 134.8 ft.
Total length: 547.9 ft.
Deck width: 45.9 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.2 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.86250, -73.91472   (decimal degrees)
40°51'45" N, 73°54'53" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/591463/4524060 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Central Park
Inventory numbers
NY 2240120 (New York State bridge identification number)
BH 26447 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 07/2014)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Appraisal: Functionally obsolete
Sufficiency rating: 57.3 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2011)
37,260

Update Log 

  • December 10, 2015: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • January 3, 2015: HAER photos posted by Dave King
  • August 26, 2013: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • July 15, 2008: New photo from Michael Minn

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Sources 

  • Michael Minn
  • Wikipedia
  • Douglas Butler
  • HAER NY-199 - University Heights Bridge, Spanning Harlem River at 207th Street & West Harlem Road, New York, New York County, NY

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University Heights Bridge
Posted October 9, 2012, by Larry Weissmann (larryweissmann)

For whatever this is worth regarding its name, "University Heights Bridge" is a complete anachronism. I lived in the neighborhood for over a decade in the 50's-60's, and can't recall ever once hearing it referred to as anything other than "The 207th Street Bridge."