Fri, 28 Jan 2011

Rochester Bridges

I've been looking at Rochester lately. I've found a GAZILLION (see the list below for the exact count -- I've given up announcing a count because I keep finding new) abandoned railroad bridges:
  1. The two-arch stone bridge which used to carry the Genesee Canal over Black Creek.
  2. The bridge over the Genesee just downstream of High Falls.
  3. The same line has a bridge over NY-104.
  4. Of course the famous Broad Street bridge which carried the Erie Canal and then later the Rochester Subway over the Genesee River.
  5. The equally famous Hojack Swing Bridge over the mouth of the Genesee.
  6. And the same line crossed a highway at what is now the western end of the Webster Hojack Trail.
  7. A trolley bridge near Trolley Blvd crossing the Erie Canal.
  8. A CSX bridge near Trolley Blvd crossing the Erie Canal.
  9. Another one just east of the airport also crossing the Erie.
  10. And another one right where the Erie Canal hits the Genesee River.
  11. The New York, Lake Erie & Western crossing the Erie Canal just east of the Genesee River, and next to it,
  12. The Lehigh Valley crossing the Erie Canal just east of the Genesee River, and two more to the south
  13. The New York, Lake Erie & Western crossing I-390 just south of the Erie Canal, and next to it,
  14. The Lehigh Valley crossing I-390.
  15. A NYLE&W bridge north of the U of R campus across the Genesee.
  16. A B&O bridge across the NYC just west of Holcroft Rd W near Turning Point Park.
  17. The trestle at the Genesee Brewing Company which carries the railroad alongside the river north to another part of their plant.
  18. A B&O bridge over the Subway south of Driving Park Ave. The bridge is still in use, but serves no purpose because the Subway is gone.
  19. Same for the New York Central (now CSX) bridge to the east of it.
  20. A culvert on the Glen Haven Railroad. Yeah, I know, I'm pushing it here.
  21. Update 12/12: Hojack bridge over St. Paul Boulevard south of Parkview Terrace.
  22. Update 12/12: Hojack (or is it Erie-Lackawanna) bridge over St. Paul Boulevard south of Pattonwood Drive.
  23. Update 12/12: A Lehigh Valley bridge now used as a pedestrian walk over Wilson Boulevard north of the UofR campus. You could also argue that the NYLE&W bridge over Wilson to the west is a separate bridge from the one over the river, but I won't.
  24. Update 12/12: Just west of Long Pond Road.

And that's not counting any of the bridges which are abandoned and structurally separate from a working bridge right next to them. See, for example, the bridge at Driving Park Ave on the former New York Central, or the bridge with no tracks north of the Can O' Worms, or this bridge for a branch line over Union Street North, or north of the Subway bridge or south of it.

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