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Yaleville Road Bridge


Yaleville Road Bridge

Photo taken by Michael Quiet in April 2015


BH Photo #323533


Located on a small road far up in upstate New York is one of the few examples of a lenticular through truss that is still open to traffic. As with the other remaining examples, this lenticular truss is fabricated out of wrought iron and is pin connected. It also retains the ornate portal cresting and builders plaque that are trademarks of the Berlin Iron Bridge Co. Older photos of the bridge indicate that there were once cast iron finials on the endposts, but these are long gone.

It looks like overall this truss still retains a very good amount of historic integrity. The most noteworthy change was the replacement of the deck hangers with modern steel ones.


Lenticular through truss bridge over Raquette River on Yaleville Road in Norfolk
Norfolk, St. Lawrence County, New York
Intact but closed to all traffic in August 2020
Built 1892 by Berlin Iron Bridge Co.; Rehabilitated 1969
- Berlin Iron Bridge Co. of East Berlin, Connecticut
Pin connected lenticular through truss
Length of largest span: 170.9 ft.
Total length: 173.9 ft.
Deck width: 12.8 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 7.0 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.76684, -75.00012   (decimal degrees)
44°46'01" N, 75°00'00" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/499990/4957050 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Chase Mills
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
Inventory numbers
NY 3341430 (New York State bridge identification number)
BH 26858 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • December 1, 2020: Updated by Geoff Hubbs: Updated status
  • April 27, 2015: New photos from Michael Quiet
  • August 8, 2014: Updated by Chester Gehman: Added BIBCo as builder
  • February 8, 2014: Updated by CANALLER: Added Info & Photo.
  • September 16, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Updated design as referred to in a 1974 David Plowden book
  • April 28, 2012: Updated by Tony Dillon: This is a Lenticular through truss bridge



Yaleville Road Bridge
Posted August 26, 2020, by Douglas (dontbug [at] me [dot] com)

As of this week it is not closed to traffic:


Yaleville Road Bridge
Posted August 1, 2017, by Tom Engel (tom [at] prudeng [dot] com)

An updated photo from July, 2016