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Hell Gate Bridge


Hell Gate Bridge from Amtrak

Taken from Southern Crescent

Photo taken by Geoff Hubbs

License: Released into public domain


BH Photo #444190



Steel through arch bridge over Hell Gate (East River)
Queens County, New York, and New York County, New York
Open to traffic
Originally the world's longest steel arch bridge until the Bayonne Bridge was opened in 1932
- David B. Steinman of New York, New York (Staff Engineer)
- Gustav Lindenthal of Brno, Cisleithania, Austro-Hungarian Empire (Now known as Brno, South Moravia, Czech Republic) (Lead Engineer)
- Othmar Ammann of Feuerthalen, Canton of Zürich, Switzerland (Staff Engineer)
- Amtrak (AMTK)
- CSX Railroad (CSX)
- New York Connecting Railroad (NYCN)
- Northeast Corridor (NEC)
Steel through arch
Length of largest span: 1,017.0 ft.
Total length: 17,000.0 ft. (3.2 mi.)
Deck width: 100.0 ft.
Also called
New York Connecting Railroad Bridge
The East River Arch Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.78265, -73.92194   (decimal degrees)
40°46'58" N, 73°55'19" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/590964/4515188 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Central Park
Inventory numbers
NY 7705410 (New York State bridge identification number)
BH 26670 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 9, 2019: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • April 6, 2019: New photos from Geoff Hubbs
  • March 10, 2019: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • March 5, 2019: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • April 10, 2018: New Street View added by Luke
  • November 26, 2017: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • May 27, 2017: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • December 6, 2016: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • March 11, 2012: Photos imported by James Baughn
  • February 5, 2012: Photo imported by James Baughn
  • January 27, 2010: Posted additional HAER photos showing the approaches



Hell Gate Bridge
Posted April 8, 2019, by Anonymous

This isn't the Bayonne Bridge, though...

Hell Gate Bridge
Posted March 9, 2019, by Dave Frieder (drfrieder [at] aol [dot] com)

The Bayonne bridge opened on November 15th 1931. NOT 1932.

Hell Gate Bridge
Posted March 22, 2017, by Art S (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Built in conjunction with NY Penn Station; both were wonders but only the bridge still stands.


Art S.

Hell Gate Bridge
Posted March 22, 2017, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)
Hell Gate Bridge
Posted April 2, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Found this picture of the bridge under construction on Flickr: