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CSX - Livingston Avenue Bridge


The Hudson

Photo taken by Adam Elmquist

License: Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs (CC BY-ND)

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BH Photo #333259

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Consists of a 260-foot-long continuous through truss swing span, four through trusses and four plate girder spans.


Through truss swing bridge over Hudson River on CSX Transportation (owner) and Amtrak (lessee)
Rensselaer, Rensselaer County, New York, and Albany County, New York
Open to traffic
Future prospects
Replacement lift bridge in design, construction to start late 2023, completion in 2026
Built 1901 for freight traffic; passenger traffic added when NYC Maiden Lane Bridge removed
- American Bridge Co. of New York (Superstructure)
- Amtrak (AMTK)
- CSX Railroad (CSX)
- Conrail (CR)
- New York Central Railroad (NYC)
- Penn Central Railroad (PC)
Baltimore through truss
Length of largest span: 259.9 ft.
Total length: 1,272.0 ft.
Also called
PC - Hudson River Bridge
Freight Bridge
Conrail - Hudson River Bridge
NYC - Hudson River Bridge
CSX - Hudson River Bridge
North Railroad Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.65412, -73.74132   (decimal degrees)
42°39'15" N, 73°44'29" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/603167/4723174 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Troy South
Inventory numbers
NY 7092890 (New York State bridge identification number)
BH 50993 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 10, 2022: Updated by Nathan Holth: Updated bridge availability and demolition plans.
  • November 15, 2021: New photos from Geoff Hubbs
  • May 7, 2021: New photos from Josh Schmid
  • April 6, 2021: New photos from Patrick Gurwell
  • March 6, 2019: New photos from Geoff Hubbs
  • April 14, 2018: New photo from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • April 13, 2018: Updated by Royce and Bobette Haley: approach, refine design
  • August 14, 2016: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • May 23, 2016: Updated by Luke: Added info
  • July 23, 2015: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • July 20, 2015: Photo imported by Dave King
  • May 9, 2014: Updated by Luke Harden: Added builder
  • January 17, 2012: Added by J.P.

Related Bridges 



CSX - Livingston Avenue Bridge
Posted May 10, 2022, by Nathan Holth
CSX - Livingston Avenue Bridge
Posted March 13, 2021, by Steve, the Golden Lab (gcarras [at] aol [dot] com)

Werird that they used vertical life like towers to convey the power for this swing span briddge.

CSX - Livingston Avenue Bridge
Posted January 25, 2019, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

So NYDOT is evaluating whether to repair or replace this, eh?

Well - and the towers in the pictures make me think this is the same bridge as in the article I'm posting - Friday's incident where a cruise ship was ripped from its moorings and drifted downriver only to get wedged underneath the bridge, can't have helped matters.


CSX - Livingston Avenue Bridge
Posted April 11, 2018, by Luke

It lines/lined up with Livingston Avenue. First use of the name was during construction in 1901: https://books.google.com/books?id=q3mcAAAAMAAJ&dq=editions%3...

Very creative, I know, but there are several examples of such creative naming over the years, such as Monon's Hohman Avenue Bridge in the Chicagoland area.


CSX - Livingston Avenue Bridge
Posted May 21, 2017, by Paul Plaganis (metro716 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Worked LAB for twenty years before retiring 5 1/2 years ago. Great place to spend the day.