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Puente Ferroviario San Antonio

Photos 

General View Of Bridge And Channel From Southeast, With San Antonio Highway Bridge Beyond

Photo taken by Hector Mendez-Caratini for the Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #301558

Map 

Street View 

Description 

The San Antonio railroad bridge is a concrete structure built between 1922 and 1932, consisting of arch-framed slab spans with art-deco railings and spandrel walls. It was designed to replace a 1890 steel truss bridge without interrupting the train schedules. This was done by building the arch frame structure under the steel spans, then erecting the slabs to replace the steel joists beneath the rail ties. It was designed and produced by the renowned Puerto Rican engineer Etienne Totti, Chief Engineer of the American Railroad Company of Puerto Rico. It is now abandoned, but has suffered no significant alterations. This bridge lies next the modern occupant of the island's most historic bridge site. It is listed as an exceptional concrete bridge in Puerto Rico's Inventory of Historic Bridges and mentioned in the National Register's Multiple Property Nomination of Puerto Rico's Bridges and in its Associated Historic Context: Land Transportation in Puerto Rico, c.1508-1950. Although its structure is not significant in engineering terms, important items provide historic significance: total length; number of spans; decorative elements; exemplification of the work of masters; construction technology; the important route that it served; and its surroundings.

-- Historic American Engineering Record

Facts 

Overview
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Caņo de San Antonio on Pedestrian Walkway (Former American Railroad)
Location
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Status
Open to pedestrians only
History
Built 1922-1923
Builder
- Etienne Totti of Yauco, Puerto Rico
Railroads
- American Railroad Co. of Puerto Rico (ARR)
- Rail-to-trail
Design
Closed-spandrel arch
Also called
American Railroad - Puente Ferroviario San Antonio
American Railroad - Caņo de San Antonio Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+18.45920, -66.08699   (decimal degrees)
18°27'33" N, 66°05'13" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/807677/2043468 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
San Juan
Inventory number
BH 63630 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 17, 2017: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • November 7, 2016: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • September 6, 2016: Updated by Luke: Removed streetview as the bridge is not visible in it
  • September 6, 2016: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • October 14, 2014: Added by Dave King

Sources 

  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • HAER PR-37 - Puente Ferroviario San Antonio, Spanning San Antonio Channel at PR-1, San Juan, San Juan Municipio, PR
  • Dana and Kay Klein
  • Luke

Comments 

Puente Ferroviario San Antonio
Posted November 7, 2016, by Dana and Kay Klein

Thanks Luke!. glad you corrected.

Puente Ferroviario San Antonio
Posted November 7, 2016, by Luke

Dana, the bridge in the streetview/google sphere you added was the northbound PR1 bridge, not the bridge this entry is for.