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Port Ben Road Bridge


NY 42M 1

Photo taken by Chester Gehman in October 2016


BH Photo #381031


Street View 


Parker through truss bridge over Rondout Creek on Port Ben Road
Ulster County, New York
Built 1915; rehabilitated 1979
Riveted Parker through truss
Length of largest span: 195.9 ft.
Total length: 199.8 ft.
Deck width: 17.4 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 10.0 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.75028, -74.35000   (decimal degrees)
41°45'01" N, 74°20'60" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/554041/4622254 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
NY 2224790 (New York State bridge identification number)
BH 26989 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 26.2 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • November 2, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status to closed
  • March 1, 2017: New Street View added by Chester Gehman


  • Chester Gehman - gehmanc2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com


Port Ben Road Bridge
Posted November 2, 2019, by Arnold Restivo (arestivo01 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Update: This bridge was recently closed in October 2018 from any and all bridge traffic. Some of the serious deficiencies noted by a state inspection are I beam stringers that are pretty compromised especially the load bearing flanges which are severely corroded with the steel actually delaminating. There are other deficiencies noted in the state's report and the cost to put the bridge back into operation is estimated to be close to $75,000.

This bridge was built in 1915 to replace a wooden arch covered bridge. The Pt. Ben bridge was built in response the increased commerce from the newly built NYO&W Railway Wawarsing Station. Since the canal in Wawarsing was abandoned in 1898, the Pt. Ben Bridge became the life line for local businesses and lodging establishments for several decades.

The Pt. Ben Bridge was originally built by NYS and transferred to town ownership during a time when NYS was experiencing a financial crisis. Being a municipality attempting to deal with a continuing economic milaze and opioid crisis, there are little monies available to save this valuable bridge.

I am putting out an All Points Bulletin, asking for any historical or photos of this potential landmark from anyone who can help me. It is my intention to apply to have this camelback bridge designated as a National Landmark.

I can be reached at 845.896.5760 or at arestivo01@gmail.com Please help me save this bridge from the torch. Arnold Restivo