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Whirlpool Rapids Bridge


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This bridge is the replacement for John Roebling's original Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge (not to be confused with the Niagara-Clifton Bridge which was the predecessor to the Rainbow Bridge).

The lower/automobile deck of this bridge is restricted to those with a NEXUS express border crossing pass. Non-NEXUS customers must use either the Rainbow Bridge or the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge.


Double-decker steel arch bridge over the Niagara River at Niagara Falls, New York
Niagara Falls, Niagara County, New York
Automobiles must have NEXUS pass to cross. Rail traffic not restricted
Built 1897
- Leffert L. Buck of Canton, New York (Designer)
- Amtrak (AMTK)
- Canadian National Railway (CN)
- VIA Rail (VIA)
Steel deck arch
Length of largest span: 549.9 ft.
Total length: 789.7 ft.
Deck width: 25.9 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 10.0 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.10917, -79.05778   (decimal degrees)
43°06'33" N, 79°03'28" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/658028/4774768 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Niagara Falls
Average daily traffic (as of 2011)
Inventory numbers
NY 5039547 (New York State bridge identification number)
BH 26465 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 69.1 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • December 22, 2020: New photo from Josh Schmid
  • April 15, 2020: Updated by Nick Boppel: Technically this bridge is restricted/open to authorized vehicles since a NEXUS pass is required to use it
  • March 3, 2020: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • October 24, 2017: New photos from Matthew
  • August 9, 2016: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • August 9, 2016: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • July 31, 2016: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • May 3, 2013: New photo from Luke Harden


  • Luke
  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Dana and Kay Klein
  • Geoff Hubbs
  • Nick Boppel - nickboppel01 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Josh Schmid