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Carroll Street Bridge


Carroll Street Bridge

West approach

(c) 2008 by Michael Minn


BH Photo #130427


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Is one of two retractile bridges left in New York, and one of four left in the United States.


Retractable bridge over Gowanus Canal on Carroll Street in New York
New York City, Kings County, New York
Open to traffic
Built 1889
Length of largest span: 63.0 ft.
Total length: 107.0 ft.
Deck width: 17.7 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.5 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.67806, -73.98917   (decimal degrees)
40°40'41" N, 73°59'21" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/585425/4503510 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
Inventory numbers
NY 2240260 (New York State bridge identification number)
BH 26193 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 36.1 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • August 5, 2021: New photos from Geoff Hubbs
  • July 30, 2020: New photos from Geoff Hubbs
  • April 12, 2020: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • March 9, 2019: New photos from Geoff Hubbs
  • August 31, 2011: Updated by Luke Harden: This is a retractable bridge.
  • December 15, 2008: New photos from Michael Minn



Carroll Street Bridge
Posted August 31, 2011, by Luke Harden (lmharden [at] iastate [dot] edu)

The hood canal bridge in Washington is a retractable (and floating) bridge, so that would be the fourth example.

Carroll Street Bridge
Posted August 31, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I only know of three genuine retractile bridges in the United States. This bridge, the Borden Avenue Bridge also in New York City, and Boston's Summer Street Bridge. A lot of sources claim there are four examples, but I don't know where the fourth example is. One source I found made me suggest that somebody has mistaken Chicago's Rall bascule bridge as a retractile bridge. If anybody knows of a genuine fourth retractile bridge in the United States I would be curious to know where it is.

Carroll Street Bridge
Posted August 31, 2011, by Andis (Cernoks)

Actually, this is a retractile bridge, a dying breed.