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Hell Gate Bridge


Perspective View Of Hell Gate Bridge Looking West

Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #137727


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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 

  • 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


  • HAER NY-88 - New York Connecting Railroad, Hell Gate Bridge, Spanning East River, Wards Island & Astoria, New York, New York County, NY
  • HAER NY-121 - Northeast Railroad Corridor, Amtrak Route between New Jersey/New York & New York/Connecticut State Lines, New York, New York County, NY
  • Wikipedia
  • Historicbridges.org - by Nathan Holth
  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • 10 Secrets of the Hell Gate Bridge


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: