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Macombs Dam Bridge

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Macombs Dam Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth and Rick McOmber

Bridge Documented: July 12, 2008

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Jerome Avenue and 155th Street Over Harlem River
New York: The Bronx, New York and Manhattan, New York: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1895 By Builder/Contractor: Passaic Rolling Mill Company of Paterson, New Jersey and Engineer/Design: Alfred P. Boller of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Main Span Length
415 Feet (126.5 Meters)
Structure Length
2,540 Feet (774.2 Meters)
Roadway Width
44 Feet (13.41 Meters)
1 Main Span(s)
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This bridge is among the oldest, most ornate, and important truss bridges in New York City. The bridge is a massive swing bridge with a substantial approach system consisting of various span sizes and types, however the Parker truss stands out as  the most noteworthy and noticeable approach span. There are however unusual and significant double-Warren deck truss spans as well.

Fortunately, the historic significance of the bridge has been realized and the bridge has been preserved through a rehabilitation project which has also brought the bridge back to a good condition. Historic integrity on the bridge is fair given the heavy traffic and age of the bridge. Numerous rivets have been replaced with bolts, and supplemental members have been added. However in contrast key details have left in place including original gates and railings, as well as the decorative finials. Overall, the bridge remains a beautiful and noteworthy historic bridge.

Be sure to view the HAER data pages for a detailed history of this bridge. Also, more information is available here.


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