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Albion Main Street Bridge

   


Albion Main Street Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Jim Stewart

Bridge Documented: July 21, 2007
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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Main Street (NY-98) Over Erie Canal
Location
Albion: Orleans County, New York
Structure Type
Metal Rivet-Connected Warren (No Verticals) Pony Truss, Movable: Vertical Lift and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1914 By Builder/Contractor: Lackawanna Bridge Company of Buffalo, New York

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
1954
Main Span Length
115.8 Feet (35.3 Meters)
Structure Length
132 Feet (40.2 Meters)
Roadway Width
18.7 Feet (5.7 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s) and 2 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
4445260

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This bridge is an example of a typical Erie Canal vertical lift bridge. It carries one of the two major roads that run through Albion. Despite this fact, the bridge continues to carry a significant amount of traffic, demonstrating that even old bridges with a relatively narrow deck width can continue to safely serve traffic, especially when located in areas where speed limits are lower, such as in a city as this bridge is. The bridge also remains in good structure condition and has very few alterations, a testimony to the benefits of a good maintenance and rehabilitation program.

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Historic Bridges of the Erie Canal

The Erie Canal is one of the most famous and historically significant canals in the United States. Aside from the widely recognized historical significance of the canal as a transportation facility itself, a lesser known fact is that the canal is historically significant for the bridges that have spanned the canal over the years. It was here on the Erie Canal where Squire Whipple found a place to successfully get his "Whipple Arch" bowstring truss bridges constructed in significant quantities in the mid-1800s. The success of his Whipple Arch bridges helped contribute to the nationwide transition from wooden bridges to metal bridges. The period of time from 1905-1918 where the Erie Canal was upgraded and widened to become part of the larger New York State Barge Canal was a time of change for the bridges of the canal. Between the process of widening and upgrading the canal, and the nationwide trend to build more substantial bridges in the early 20th Century, the previous generation of bridges (many undoubtedly those Whipple Arch bridges) were replaced by a series of new bridges. These bridges have proved to be very durable and thanks to a clear commitment to preservation on the part of New York State Department of Transportation and other agencies, the Erie Canal, particularly the western section from Lockport to Spencerport boasts one of the highest densities of historic bridges of any waterway in the country. The vast majority of bridges on this section are maintained in beautiful condition.

Although the new bridges from the early 20th Century took a variety of forms, two forms were by far the most common. In rural or spacious areas, a fixed double-intersection Warren through truss was used, with a dirt approach providing the modest elevation needed for a fixed bridge over the canal. Double-intersection Warren truss bridges are generally considered an uncommon truss type on a nationwide basis. In urban and less spacious areas, a vertical lift bridge was used. The vertical lift bridges are an unusual design. Instead of towers that rise above the bridge in a traditional vertical lift bridge and pull the truss span up using cables, these bridges have vertical endposts which extend below the deck and into the ground. When operated, these extended endposts (called the lifting frame) rise out of the ground. In an engineering sense, these unusual vertical lift bridges might be thought of as bedstead truss bridges. Another unique feature of these lift bridges are the stairways found at each end of the bridge on the sidewalks. These stairways allow pedestrians to continue to cross the bridge when the structure is in the raised position. These vertical lift bridges continue to operate for boats today, so observing these unique bridges remains possible.

View Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) Overview of Erie Canal Locks at Lockport, NY

Erie Canal Museum

New York State Page On Erie Canal

Erie Canal History

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