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27th Avenue Bridge

27th Avenue Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: October 19, 2013

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Pedestrian Walkway Over Belt Parkway (NY-907C)
Location
New York: Brooklyn, New York: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1941 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
130 Feet (39.62 Meters)
Structure Length
133 Feet (40.54 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
2231330

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This bridge's future is at risk!

Bridge Status: This historic bridge is slated for demolition and replacement!

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This bridge is one of two similar pedestrian overpasses on the Belt Parkway. The bridge features an unusual but attractive steel arch design with the solid arch rib being a riveted built-up girder of variable depth, being more shallow at the crown of the arch. At the crown is the single hinge for the arch. The bridge features Art Deco style details that remains intact. The bridge retains original metal railings that have a streamlined design that emphasizes horizontal lines. The highly ornamental light standards at each end of the bridge appears to be original as well.

This bridge is unfortunately slated for demolition and replacement as part of a major reconstruction of the parkway. One of the reasons is likely the low clearance this bridge provides for traffic. However, it is unclear why that is an issue as many of New York City's parkways are not open to truck traffic, unless the plan is to open this roadway to trucks after renovations, which likely may annoy commuters.

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