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Poesten Kill Bridge


Looking northwest

Photo taken by Roger Deschner in August 2015

License: Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike (CC BY-SA)


BH Photo #335695

Street View 


Lost pony truss bridge over Poesten Kill on NY 2
Rensselaer County, New York
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1931; rehabilitated 1986
Polygonal Warren pony truss
Length of largest span: 95.1 ft.
Total length: 100.7 ft.
Deck width: 29.9 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.73278, -73.63111   (decimal degrees)
42°43'58" N, 73°37'52" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/612059/4732049 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Troy South
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
NY 1000190 (New York State bridge identification number)
BH 26702 (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: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 60.8 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • October 9, 2021: Updated by Josh Schmid: Replaced by October 2021
  • June 10, 2021: Updated by Josh Schmid: Replacement has begun as of June 2021
  • September 22, 2020: Updated by Josh Schmid: Bridge scheduled for replacement in 2021
  • April 8, 2018: New photos from Josh Schmid
  • August 16, 2015: New photos from Roger Deschner
  • November 1, 2011: New Street View added by James Baughn


  • Roger Deschner - rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Josh Schmid


Poesten Kill Bridge
Posted April 16, 2021, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)
Poesten Kill Bridge
Posted September 25, 2020, by Roger Deschner (rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com)

Having photographed it myself, I don't understand why this bridge needs replacement. It's got a sufficiency rating of 60.8, and it's wide enough and strong enough for modern traffic on route NY-2. Rehabilitation, and perhaps widening, of the dilapidated sidewalk would be all that seems necessary at this time, for a basically sound bridge that is adequate for the traffic it carries.