Along with the Jersey Shore Bridge in Pennsylvania, this is one of the two longest spanning Berlin Iron Bridge Company lenticular truss bridges in the country. The Berlin Iron Bridge Company chose a Warren truss layout of the diagonal members for these two long-spanning bridges, rather than the typical Pratt style layout usually found on its lenticular truss bridges.
As one of the largest examples of this rare type in the country and also with some details that differ from the typical Berlin Iron Bridge Company lenticular truss bridge, this bridge has national significance.
Although abandoned, this bridge retains good historic integrity overall, although it has one thing in common with the Pennsylvania bridge in that the unique riveted bottom chord appears to be a replacement of the original. The alteration of this New York example is much older however, having taken place in 1930-1932. The floor beams, bottom chord, lower lateral bracing, and deck stringers all appear to have been replaced at this time. Because rivets were still in use at this time, some of the fasteners on the lower lateral bracing are riveted. The 1930 lower lateral bracing, attached with riveted gusset plates, was a more rigid design than the original bracing which was likely a eyebar/rod-based design. The only other alteration of note is the loss of the original railing, with a piece of the original railing apparently used to barricade the bridge when it was closed.
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