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Quaker Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: August 30, 2019

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Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Quaker Bridge Road Over Croton River
Location
Cortlandt: Westchester County, New York: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1894 By Builder/Contractor: Dean and Westbrook of New York, New York
Rehabilitation Date
1994
Main Span Length
97.8 Feet (29.8 Meters)
Structure Length
101.0 Feet (30.8 Meters)
Roadway Width
15.4 Feet (4.69 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
Inventory Number
3348560

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This bridge is noteworthy as a product of Dean and Westbrook, however it has been the victim of some very low quality repairs. Someone decided to replace a large number of the lacing bars on the vertical members. Normal procedure would be to take bar, measure equal lengths out, and cut using shop equipment. The new bars are not all the same length so some extend beyond the channel while others dont even cover the whole channel flange. Worse, the ends of the replaced bars look like a beaver chewed them (perhaps a cutting torch was used?!) and they were all crudely welded onto the bridge. Other welded alterations are also visible. Whoever did these repairs appears to have tried to sign their name using welding rod on the end post. Luckily for them, its barely legible! The repairs are so bad, it would be interesting to know if there is a story behind them!

In short, this is a really nice Dean and Westbrook truss composed using traditional members (the company often built Phoenix Column bridges, of which this is not an example). Phoenix Iron did provide the steel for the bridge however, as Phoenix brands are visible on the channels. However, the alterations have somewhat diminished the significance of the bridge, although the bridge still remains a notable historic bridge.

The 1894 date plaque was originally located under the portal bracing beneath the main builder plaque. It has been moved to the end post, perhaps to protect it from damage from overheight vehicles.

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Above: Historical photo showing bridge prior to alteration.

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