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Newburgh–Beacon Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: September 2, 2019

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
I-84 and NY-52 (Westbound) Over Hudson River and Grand Avenue
Newburgh and Beacon: Orange County, New York and Dutchess County, New York: United States
Structure Type
Metal Cantilever (Arched) Rivet-Connected Warren Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal Rivet-Connected Warren Deck Truss, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1963 By Builder/Contractor: Bethlehem Steel Company of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and Engineer/Design: Modjeski and Masters

Technical Facts

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Main Span Length
1,000 Feet (304.8 Meters)
Structure Length
7,860 Feet (2395.7 Meters)
Roadway Width
39.4 Feet (12.01 Meters)
3 Main Span(s) and 32 Approach Span(s)
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This rare arched cantilever truss bridge has been paired with a newer bridge of similar overall design. The newer, non-historic eastbound bridge is wider, has less complicated members that are not riveted, but maintains the general shape of the truss. Both were designed by Modjeski and Masters. The bridge's main cantilever unit is 2,204 feet long, with a main navigation span of 1,000 feet and anchor spans of 602 feet. The western end has three approach truss spans totaling 1,230 feet in length. The eight truss spans on the eastern end total 3,440 feet in length. Wikipedia states that contractors on the bridge were "Frederick Snare, Drave [sic], and Bethlehem Steel." In HistoricBridges.org's opinion it is believed they are listing three contractors: Bethlehem Steel, Frederick Snare Corporation, and Dravo Contracting Company.

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