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Ford Street Bridge

Bridge E-156, Clarissa Street Bridge

Ford Street Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Rick McOmber and Marc Scotti

Bridge Documented: August 10, 2014 and July 4, 2020

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Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Ford Street Over Genesee River
Location
Rochester: Monroe County, New York: United States
Structure Type
Metal 8 Panel Rivet-Connected Polygonal Warren Pony Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal Through Girder, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1917 By Builder/Contractor: Seneca Engineering Company of Montour Falls, New York
Rehabilitation Date
2001
Main Span Length
125.0 Feet (38.1 Meters)
Structure Length
459.0 Feet (139.9 Meters)
Roadway Width
50 Feet (15.24 Meters)
Spans
3 Main Span(s) and 1 Approach Span(s)
Inventory Number
4443800

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This multi-span pony truss with impressive decorative columns was widened, turning the trusses into non-structural elements, but the bridge remains an attractive landmark. The decorative towers are not original (the originals were removed years ago, before the 2001 project).

A good idea for this type of project, a plaque was installed which informs visitors of the past and current bridge width as seen today, letting people know the appearance today is not original.

The approach span shown here as a plate girder was demolished and replaced with a steel stringer span in 2001. There also was a through plate girder over a railroad that was removed in the 1970s. Dimensions given show the truss spans and bridge length as originally constructed, but the roadway width is as seen today. The original roadway width was 39 feet. National Bridge Inventory sheet on this page has information for bridge both prior and after alteration. For a number of years, this bridge had an steel open grate deck (not original). 

The builder for this bridge was referenced here.

Information From Cultural Resources Information System:

Three Warren pony truss spans, each approximately 128' long, supported on two mid-channel piers. 462' long overall with approach decks, 50' inside curbs, sidewalks on both sides outboard of trusses. Decorative tower at river bank on all four corners. The bridge was rehabbed in 2001. The rehab project included highway improvements, historic restoration and the widening of the bridge. The widening was performed under staged construction to provide a minimum of one lane of traffic at all times during construction. The truss spans were widened by removing the existing floorbeam/stringer system and placing a new 3-span continuous deck girder bridge. The trusses, cantilevered walkways and railings were removed, rehabilitation and reset (lateral support of the trusses was provided by the new bridge). Complete superstructure replacement was required for the 73' long deck girder approach structures. Twenty-five foot tall precast architectural end pylons were designed to replicate the original pylons that had been removed under previous improvement projects. Ornamental lighting fixtures were provided on the bridges and approaches. Landscaping improvements to an adjacent park were performed. Improvements included planting, ornamental concrete walls and pylons, stamped concrete pavement and ornamental lighting.

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Above: Historical photo showing bridge construction in 1917.

Above: Historical photo showing bridge construction in 1917.

Above: Historical ca. 1917 of previous bridge at this location.

Above: Historical photo showing earlier bridge at this location, reportedly the second bridge.


This bridge is tagged with the following special condition(s): Trusses Converted To Decorative and Unorganized Photos

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