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IRT - Harlem River Third Avenue Bridge


Published prior to 1923

BH Photo #375217


Lost Through truss bridge over Harlem River on Third Avenue Elevated Railway
New York City, Bronx County, New York, and New York County, New York
Removed but not replaced
Built 1916
- Snare & Triest Co. of New York City, New York
- Terry & Tench Construction Co. of New York City, New York
- Interborough Rapid Transit (IRT)
Through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.80822, -73.93285   (decimal degrees)
40°48'30" N, 73°55'58" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/590009/4518015 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Central Park
Inventory number
BH 75065 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 10, 2017: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • January 4, 2017: Added by Dave King

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  • Douglas Butler


IRT - Harlem River Third Avenue Bridge
Posted November 6, 2021, by Geoff Hubbs (geoffrey [dot] hubbs [at] att [dot] net)

The location is correct. The bridge at 2nd Avenue (see IRT - Harlem River Second Avenue Bridge BH 94982) was a single level swing bridge.

IRT - Harlem River Bridge
Posted September 2, 2021, by Joseph Brennan (brennan [at] columbia [dot] edu)

The location is not located correctly on the map. The bridge was at the end of Second Ave (Manhattan). It had two decks, each carrying two tracks. It was a swing bridge rotating on a center pier. This bridge (1917) replaced an earlier one-deck bridge (1886) at the same location. Train service ended in 1955 after which the bridge was removed.

IRT - Harlem River Bridge
Posted August 24, 2021, by Allan Berlin (irt1904 [at] aol [dot] com)

Just a correction:

I was informed a while back after I posted in 2018 that the wall I mention was not from the 3rd Avenue El but rather an earlier section of the Willis Avenue Bridge.

Third Avenue El Harlem River Bridge
Posted July 30, 2018, by Allan Berlin (irt1904 [at] aol [dot] com)

The bridge may be gone but on of the stone support walls on the Bronx side is still in place. The area around it is no longer in the water as it was land-filled for the supports for the Willis Avenue Bridge.

The location is Willis Avenue & E132nd St.