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Rip Van Winkle Bridge


Rip van winkle

Photo taken by Doug Kerr

BH Photo #178149


Street Views 


Through truss bridge over Hudson River on NY 23 in Catskill
Greene County, New York, and Columbia County, New York
Open to traffic
Built 1935; rehabilitated 1993
Warren through truss with all verticals
Length of largest span: 400.0 ft.
Total length: 5,039.9 ft. (1.0 mi.)
Deck width: 33.8 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 12.9 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.22333, -73.85083   (decimal degrees)
42°13'24" N, 73°51'03" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/594838/4675212 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Hudson South
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
Inventory numbers
NY 5017820 (New York State bridge identification number)
BH 26118 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 64.9 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • March 12, 2021: New photos from Josh Schmid
  • June 12, 2018: Updated by Royce and Bobette Haley: approach
  • August 14, 2016: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • February 28, 2015: Photo imported by Dave King
  • April 17, 2011: New Street View added by Nathan Holth
  • January 5, 2011: New photos from Ian Ligget
  • September 19, 2010: New photo from Doug Kerr



Rip Van Winkle Bridge
Posted April 17, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

If anyone happens to look at the satellite imagery or Street View for this bridge and sees the road that starts at the north side of NY-23 and appears to curve down and under and bridge and thinks "wow, I bet you can drive down that road and get awesome views" then think again. Surely some spectacular views of this bridge are available down that road, but nasty signs restrict the road to authorized vehicles only. Nearby toll booths mean "sneaking" down the road is not really possible either. You can get good views from the bridge from the entrance to this drive (afternoon or evening is the best time) but I was extremely disappointed that the public cannot drive down this drive to get additional views beside and below this bridge. This is a spectacular bridge with an extremely long approach system. A beautiful and well preserved old toll house sits on the SW quadrant around the bridge too.