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Cold Springs Road Overpass

Photos 

This is the best photograph I can find for this bridge. This is from an article in the Lockport Union Sun and Journal on July 24, 1968.

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BH Photo #434915

Map 

Description 

This was an old one lane bridge that carried Cold Springs Road over the New York Central Railroad in the Town of Lockport. Traffic on this bridge was limited to one direction at a time. Traffic was controlled by stop signs at both ends for many years, and traffic signals at each approach in later years.

The planks on the bridge would vibrate and rattle when a car went over too fast.

This bridge was most notorious because of the legend of the "Cold Springs ghost". Motorists driving northbound on Cold Springs Road pass old cemeteries (on both sides of the road) on the approach to the bridge. The area was very dark, being lit only by the dim light of the traffic signal. For many years there was a legend that motorists driving across the bridge late at night would be confronted by an old woman (dressed in white) standing in the middle of the bridge. Being a one lane bridge, the motorist would be forced to stop, at which time the old woman (ghost) would throw open a car door and jump in the back seat. When the terrified motorist would stop in the nearest lighted area it was discovered that the old woman (ghost) was gone.

The myth is nonsense. I added the story for the purpose of identifying this bridge.

This bridge was eventually replaced with a modern (two lane) concrete bridge. The old woman dressed in white was never seen again (at least to the best of my knowledge).

The railroad this bridge crosses has changed hands numerous times over the years. It was originally built by the New York Central and Hudson River Railroad. It actually pierced through a segment of Cold Springs Cemetery while being built. It was later owned by New York Central, Penn Central, Conrail, etc. It's now owned by Falls Road Railroad.

The bridge was refurbished in 1968 at which time there was a dispute between Penn Central Railroad and the Town of Lockport concerning ownership (and obviously the cost of repairs). Some articles in 1968 say the bridge was built in the 1850's, others say it was built in 1916.

I welcome any better photos.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Pony plate girder bridge over New York Central Railroad on Cold Springs Road
Location
Lockport, Niagara County, New York
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built 1916; Replaced 1986
Design
Pony plate girder
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.18374, -78.66206   (decimal degrees)
43°11'01" N, 78°39'43" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/689996/4783872 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 82919 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

Built 1916 (706)
Built during 1910s (9,779)
Girder (10,649)
Lockport, New York (24)
Lost (26,092)
Lost 1986 (169)
Lost during 1980s (1,442)
New York (4,646)
Niagara County, New York (93)
Plate girder (8,278)
Replaced by new bridge (17,646)
Through girder (3,981)

Update Log 

  • September 21, 2018: Updated by Luke: Removed superflouous "NY" from city name; Added GPS coords
  • September 21, 2018: Added by Mike Niethe

Sources 

  • Mike Niethe - michaelniethe [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Luke