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Ferry Street Bridge

Ferry Street Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Marc Scotti

Bridge Documented: May 9, 2012

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Ferry Street (Robert Rich Way) Over Black Rock Canal
Buffalo: Erie County, New York: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1913 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown and Engineer/Design: Strauss Bascule Bridge Company (Strauss Engineering Company) of Chicago, Illinois

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
164.7 Feet (50.2 Meters)
Structure Length
224.7 Feet (68.49 Meters)
Roadway Width
30 Feet (9.14 Meters)
1 Main Span(s) and 1 Approach Span(s)
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This bridge is an outstanding and rare example of a Strauss heel-trunnion bascule bridge. It is particularly rare since it serves highway traffic; most surviving bridges of this type are railroad bridges. Further, this bridge does remain active for boats. The bridge is unusual among Strauss heel-trunnion truss bridges since its truss configuration follows a Pratt design rather than the Warren. The bridge also has an unusual detail in the deck design. On the far end of the bridge, for the last three panels of the truss, the bottom chord and deck slopes downward. At the same time, the top chord does not change direction. Not only is this sloped deck detail unusual, it also means that the truss is deeper at the far end of the leaf, which is highly unusual. These unique details only enhance this bridge's significance as a noteworthy historic bridge that demonstrates the ingenuity of engineer Joseph Strauss and his firm.


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