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Saranac Street Bridge


Saranac Street Bridge

Northern approach

Photo taken by Michael Quiet in November 2015


BH Photo #342248

Street View 


Warren pony truss bridge over Saranac River on Saranac Street
Plattsburgh, Clinton County, New York
Intact but closed to all traffic
Future prospects
This bridge is scheduled to be be demolished and replaced by a pedestrian bridge in 2016
Built 1909; Closed to Traffic 1983
2 span riveted Warren pony truss
Length of largest span: 70.0 ft.
Total length: 150.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.69200, -73.45293   (decimal degrees)
44°41'31" N, 73°27'11" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/622584/4949900 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 50501 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 3, 2017: New Street View added by Dave King
  • November 24, 2015: Updated by Michael Quiet: Added categories "One-lane traffic", "Wooden deck"
  • December 12, 2011: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added category "Riveted"


  • Nathan Holth
  • Michael Quiet - mquiet [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com


Saranac Street Bridge
Posted March 1, 2021, by VoxxKatt (lordfoxcat [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge no longer exists. It was torn out awhile ago, and has yet to be replaced. It is slated to be replaced as part of Phase 2 of the Saranac River Trail Project, as a pedestrian and cyclist path only.

Saranac Street Bridge
Posted June 25, 2017, by Michael Quiet (mquiet [at] gmail [dot] com)

In my site visit I found the trusses themselves to be in very good shape for how long this bridge has been closed. As you can see in the pictures there is no signs of stress deflection/deformation in the members, and no rust/rot problems. Newspaper articles from when it was closed were not explicit about the problems this bridge had, other then it was 'unsafe'. Couldn't have been that bad, as the bridge has stood for over 30 years since its closure.

Saranac Street Bridge
Posted June 25, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I see nothing in the attached photos to suggest that this unique span is in danger of collapse or even beyond the point of being rehabilitated for adequate use as a pedestrian bridge. The ignorance of the "Hysterical" Preservation Committee is especially heinous.

Saranac Street Bridge
Posted June 25, 2017, by Joel Wyman (jwyman [at] 2242yahoo [dot] com)

Is this bridge in danger of collapsing? Why wouldn't they keep what they have and not waste money on a new bridge if it just going to be used for pedestrians? This makes no sense otherwise.

Saranac Street Bridge
Posted January 24, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I have dealt with this issue a couple times myself. Most recently, I found one of my photographs of the Pott's Ford Bridge in Cloud County, KS on Wikipedia. The editor had claimed the photo as his own. I reported it to Wikipedia and they responded within about an hour to notify me that it would be removed. About an hour after that, the image was gone.

I would have been happy to grant permission if the editor had asked and given credit.

Saranac Street Bridge
Posted January 23, 2017, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)


This sort of thing does happen from time to time. I usually contact the newspaper directly via email and ask them to either credit it or remove it. They have usually addressed my concerns. My personal recommendation (for extra protection) is to include a "Copyright (date) and All Rights Reserved" in your captions for each photo on Bridgehunter, since copyright protection statements are not clearly displayed anywhere near photos on Bridgehunter. Technically they should not be required (copyright as I understand it should be implied by mere creation and publication) but it definitely may help. Most publications display a copyright notice for this reason.

As for the bridge, very sad to see the SHPO thinking that a new bridge would look similar to the historic bridge. Its possible if fabricated by a company like Bach Steel, but doubtful that this is what they are considering.

Saranac Street Bridge
Posted January 23, 2017, by Michael Quiet (mquiet [at] gmail [dot] com)

I was checking the news for info on this bridge. Looks like it hasn't been demolished *yet* as there is an impasse between the The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, who don't seem to concerned with preservation as much as replacing it with a "similar" modern warren pony truss, and the town who wants a arch bridge. It looks like the only agreement is that no one is concerned with the rare and unique bridge that they have.


One a different note is the photo accompanying this article. When I found it there was no credit byline...evidently they just grabbed the picture off BridgeHuunter and rolled with it without crediting myself or the website. I've had a few publications ask to use my work before (which I'm always happy to oblige), but this was the first time I've come across one of my pictures being used without permission. I notified them that I retained all rights on my work and to either appropriately credit me or remove it. Never heard back, but at least I got the credit byline on it.

Anyone else have this happen? Best way to deal with it?