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Satterlee Hollow Road Bridge

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Satterlee Hollow Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Marc Scotti

Bridge Documented: February 25, 2013

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Satterlee Hollow Road Over Little Hoosick River
Rural (Near Berlin): Rensselaer County, New York: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Main Span Length
53 Feet (16.1 Meters)
Structure Length
53 Feet (16.1 Meters)
Roadway Width
16 Feet (4.88 Meters)
1 Main Span(s)
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This bridge is similar to a polygonal Warren pony truss bridge with an important difference being that the top chord is actually truly curved, not polygonal. Trusses with curved top chords like this can be found in Europe, where they are usually called bowstring bridges, although their appearance and design differs greatly from the American style bowstring trusses that were common in the 1870s in the United States. With a true curve to its top chord, this riveted truss bridge may be unique in the United States with its European style bowstring appearance. While the true curve and use of riveted connections are the two main aspects of the European design, this bridge's omission of v-lacing and lattice in its built-up beams in favor of a more simple composition of plates and angles is also something much more common among riveted bridges in Europe.

It is unknown why this small bridge has such an uncommon design. It may be unique in the country.

The National Bridge Inventory gives a 1940 construction date. This date may be incorrect, and may indicate this bridge was moved here at that date too. The bridge has good potential to be from the late 1800s.


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