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Third Avenue Bridge (1898)


Third Avenue Bridge

Viewed from the southeast (on the Willis Ave. Bridge) in March, 2005

(c) 2005 by Michael Minn (michaelminn.com)


BH Photo #117468

Street View 


Lost Swing bridge over Harlem River on Third Avenue in New York
New York City, New York County, New York, and Bronx County, New York
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1898; Railroad spans converted to road 1953 as a result of the 3rd Street El being demolished; Rehabilitated 1955 with the removal of the middle railroad trusses; Replaced 2005
- Phoenix Iron Works of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania (Superstructure)
- Terry & Tench Construction Co. of New York City, New York (1955 Rehabber & Middle truss reseller)
- Thomas Curtis Clarke (Design)
- Harlem Bridge, Fordham & Morrisania Railway (HBF&M)
- Streetcar
- Union Railway Company of New York City
Length of largest span: 149.9 ft.
Total length: 1,326.8 ft.
Deck width: 51.8 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.9 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.80694, -73.93361   (decimal degrees)
40°48'25" N, 73°56'01" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/589946/4517873 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Central Park
Average daily traffic (as of 2011)
Inventory numbers
NY 2240069 (New York State bridge identification number)
BH 26445 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 68.2 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • May 8, 2021: Updated by Luke: Added info denoting this is the 1898 truss that was replaced in 05
  • December 10, 2015: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • August 26, 2013: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • July 15, 2008: New photo from Michael Minn

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Posted May 8, 2021, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Seems the 2005 replacement was a prize winner which makes me think "notable". The steel makers seem rightly proud.

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Posted May 8, 2021, by Luke


They fabricated steel used in the new bridge, which I don't disagree with having an entry created for it.

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Posted May 8, 2021, by Luke

No, it wasn't.

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Posted May 8, 2021, by Jeremy Alexander (jwalexander1980 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge was proudly built in Russellville Alabama by G&G Steel.

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Posted January 31, 2008, by Anonymous

This bridge was replaced in 2002? by Kiska Construction.