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IRT - Harlem River Second Avenue Bridge

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IRT - Harlem River Second Avenue Bridge

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Photo from old postcard

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BH Photo #511573

Facts 

Overview
Lost Through truss swing bridge over Harlem River on Second Avenue Elevated Rwy
Location
New York, New York County, New York, and Bronx County, New York
Status
Removed but not replaced
History
Likely removed c1942 when line abandoned
Railroad
- Interborough Rapid Transit (IRT)
Design
Through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.80604, -73.93094   (decimal degrees)
40°48'22" N, 73°55'51" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/590173/4517775 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 94982 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

Bronx County, New York (117)
Harlem River (24)
Interborough Rapid Transit (7)
Lost (28,465)
Movable (3,114)
New York (4,889)
New York County, New York (142)
New York, New York (104)
Owned by railroad (13,498)
Swing (1,561)
Through truss (16,775)
Truss (35,451)

Update Log 

  • November 6, 2021: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • November 6, 2021: New photos from Geoff Hubbs

Sources 

  • Geoff Hubbs
  • Douglas Butler

Comments 

IRT - Harlem River Second Avenue Bridge
Posted January 18, 2022, by Peter Dougherty (nyctrackbook [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge was open after 1942, at least until 1955. Although the Second Avenue el was abandoned/closed north of 57th St. in June 1940 (the southern portion and Queensboro Bridge tracks closed in June 1942), the Second Ave. Bridge was still used by the Third Avenue El.

Expresses ran on the upper level, and locals on the lower level. The Third Ave. El closed south of 149th St. in 1955, so the bridge would have been removed sometime after that.