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Bear Mountain Bridge

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Bear Mountain Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: September 5, 2019

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Key Facts

Location
Rural: Rockland County, New York and Westchester County, New York: United States
Structure Type
Metal Deck Truss Stiffening Wire Cable Suspension, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal Rivet-Connected ,

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
1977
Main Span Length
1,632 Feet (497 Meters)
Structure Length
2,257 Feet (688 Meters)
Roadway Width
38 Feet (11.58 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s) and 5 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
5503400

Historic Significance Rating (HSR)

Bridge Documentation

This is a spectacular suspension bridge located on an extremely scenic location in the shadow of impressive mountain terrain around the impressive Hudson River in this area. The bridge itself is noted for its design. It is a single-span suspension bridge, meaning it has only one suspended span instead of the traditional three spans. Instead, this bridge features unloaded back-stay cables. Another interesting detail is that the suspender cables attach to the deck truss stiffening at the bottom chord rather than the top chord. Thus, the main cable dips well below the deck at the center of the bridge, giving the bridge a somewhat unusual appearance for suspension bridges. Also noteworthy is that the bridge retains its original toll plaza including an administration building which is itself considered a historic building.

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Historical Bridge Construction Video
Full Motion Video
Streaming video of the bridge. Also includes a higher quality downloadable video for greater clarity or offline viewing.

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Coordinates (Latitude, Longitude):
41.319942,-73.983218

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