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Green Island Bridge (1884)


Bridge in 1973

Photo submitted by Geoff Hubbs


BH Photo #442033


Green Island Bridge Collapse

This film was taken a few minutes after the collapse of the Green Island Bridge that linked Green Island and Troy in upstate New York- in the 70's

Video posted to YouTube by Ed Deet

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When rail service ended in Troy on July 27, 1963, it was converted for automobile traffic. Until then the northern span was a rail bridge, and the southern span was a toll bridge for cars, trolleys, and pedestrians. It had a lift span added in 1924-25 for river shipping. This bridge failed on March 15, 1977 due to flooding caused by 2.7 inches (69 mm) of heavy weekend rains, coupled with melting snows and heavy runoff. The flood-induced scour undermined the lift span pier, causing the western lift tower and roadbed span of the bridge to collapse into the Hudson River.


Lost Quadrangular lattice through truss lift bridge over Hudson River on Railroad/Road
Troy, Albany County, New York, and Rensselaer County, New York
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1884; Swing span removed and lift span added 1924; RR spans converted for automobile traffic in 1963; Lost to scour caused by flooding in 1977
- Delaware & Hudson Railway (DH)
- Interurban
- Rensselaer & Saratoga Railroad (R&S)
- Schenectady Railway Co. (SRC)
- Troy & Schenectady Railroad (T&S)
Quadrangular lattice through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.73595, -73.69086   (decimal degrees)
42°44'09" N, 73°41'27" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/607162/4732324 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Troy South
Inventory number
BH 52624 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 23, 2022: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • January 10, 2022: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • April 30, 2021: New photo from Luke
  • January 7, 2019: Photos added from Geoff Hubbs
  • February 19, 2018: New photo from Luke
  • May 13, 2014: Updated by Luke Harden: Added photograph
  • May 13, 2014: Photos imported by James Baughn
  • October 8, 2013: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • September 19, 2013: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • September 15, 2013: New photos from Douglas Butler
  • June 6, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Navigable waterway", "Hudson River", "Delaware & Hudson Railway", "Destroyed by flood"

Related Bridges 



Green Island Bridge (Old)
Posted April 13, 2018, by Luke

I made a webmaster request about that...

...a few years ago.

Green Island Bridge (Old)
Posted April 13, 2018, by Richard Doody (rpdoody3 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Photos 1 and 2 of 8 for this listing are actually of the current i.e.new Green Island Bridge and should be moved to the separate listing which now extists for that span and deleted from this one.