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Portage Bridge

Portage Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: May 26, 2007
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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railroad (Norfolk Southern) Over Genesee River
Rural: Livingston County, New York and Wyoming County, New York: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1875 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Main Span Length
Not Available
Structure Length
820 Feet (249.94 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
Main Span Count Not Available
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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This Bridge's Future Is At Risk!

This historic bridge is slated for demolition and replacement by Norfolk Southern Railroad Company With The Assistance of Taxpayer Dollars!

View the National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form For Letchworth State Park

This bridge sits on cast iron supports that show an 1875 date on them. It appears that the truss spans were replaced ca. 1903. As such, it might be more appropriate to consider this a 1903 bridge. Either way however, this is an extremely large and highly significant historic bridge.

This bridge is a large structure in a large park. Time restrictions prohibited any more than a few detail photos and views beside the bridge. Better views of this bridge and a gorgeous waterfall can be had by those with time to walk down into the valley further.

The current plan is to take taxpayer dollars and give them to Norfolk Southern Corporation to help them in their quest to demolish and replace this beautiful historic bridge. The loss of this bridge will have a devastating effect on the Letchworth State Park, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


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