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Seneca Road Bridge

Seneca Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Rick McOmber

Bridge Documented: September 13, 2009

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Veterans Avenue Over Canisteo River
Hornell: Steuben County, New York: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1938 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown and Engineer/Design: New York State Department of Public Works

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Main Span Length
155 Feet (47.2 Meters)
Structure Length
161 Feet (49.1 Meters)
Roadway Width
39.7 Feet (12.1 Meters)
1 Main Span(s)
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This bridge is an attractive structure that follows the polygonal Warren expression of New York's standard plan for though truss bridges. This particular example retains good historic integrity. The bridge is a very wide example of its type with a 40 foot roadway, yet it only carries two wide lanes and also a narrow paved median. The reason for this appears to lie in the bridge's past. While the road is not a state highway today, it appears to have been the previous alignment for the main route through town, NY-21/NY-36. As such, this bridge likely once carried a busier roadway than it does today, and Seneca Road and this bridge was likely configured as a four-lane facility, which would explain for 40 foot roadway.

Evidence of how truly flawed our nation's transportation polices are is evident in the National Bridge Inventory data for this bridge which describes this bridge as functionally obsolete. This is absolutely absurd, given the fact that for the two lane road it carries today, the bridge is actually just as wide as the ridiculous width of most modern bridges built today. In addition, Seneca Road is not essential for truck traffic, since it parallels the current alignment of NY-21/NY-36, so vertical clearance of the through truss bracing is not an issue. HistoricBridges.org strongly disagrees with the NBI assessment of this bridge and believes that it is completely appropriate, safe, and functional for the current use of Seneca Road.


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