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Massena Center Bridge

Massena Center Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: April 7, 2018

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Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Massena - Massena Center Road (CR-42A) Over Grasse River (Grass River)
Massena Center: St. Lawrence County, New York: United States
Structure Type
Metal Wire Cable Suspension, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1911 By Builder/Contractor: Eastern Steel Company of Pottsville, Pennsylvania and John A. Roebling Sons Company of Trenton, New Jersey and Engineer/Design: Holton D. Robinson

Technical Facts

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Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
400 Feet (121.9 Meters)
Structure Length
680 Feet (207.3 Meters)
Roadway Width
14 Feet (4.27 Meters)
3 Main Span(s)
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This bridge is a rare example of a small-scale application of a suspension bridge. It is closed to all traffic and abandoned, with a deteriorating deck. Otherwise however the bridge retains good historic integrity with no major alterations. A notable structure when it was built, it received coverage in engineering periodicals of the time. The bridge was designed by Holton D. Robinson, who was involved in the engineering for the Williamsburg Bridge in New York City. Later, he joined famous engineer David Steinman, forming the firm Robinson and Steinman, which went on to design many of the greatest suspension bridges in the country. Perhaps not a coincidence, Robinson was born in nearby Massena. One might wonder, perhaps it is because of his association with Massena that Robinson was chosen to design this bridge, and perhaps it is because of Robinson that a suspension type bridge was selected, when a river of this size would often be spanned with other bridge types like a metal truss bridge. However, there was another more tangible benefit that likely played a big role: The $41,990 cost to build this bridge was $18,000 less than estimates that the town received for other bridge types such as the metal truss bridge.

There was no on-site contracting company who built the bridge; local labor of 20 men was used. John A. Roebling Sons Company provided the cables, and Eastern Steel Company provided the steel for towers, trusses, etc.


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