Bridge Street Bridge Over The Sparkill Creek Historical

Bridge Street Bridge Over The Sparkill Creek Historical (HM1TI7)

Location: Piermont, NY 10968 Rockland County
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Country: United States of America
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N 41° 2.251', W 73° 54.964'

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Built 1880 - King Iron Bridge Company

The Bridge Street Bridge was constructed in 1880 by the King Iron Bridge Company of Cleveland Ohio. It survives as a unique example of a small late 19th century hand operated mechanical drawbridge. The lifting system dates back to drawbridge designs used during the middle ages. The bascule span is lifted by steel chains attached to the far corners at one end, with the other ends of the chains wrapped around constant diameter drums or sheaves. Counterweights are hung by chains at the towers, which wrap around variable diameter drums so that each successive wrapping is smaller. The counterweight drums and the lifting chain drums are mounted on a common shaft. As the diameter of the counter weight drums gets smaller the mechanical advantage of the counter weight decreases. In this way, as the bascule span opens the mechanical advantage needed from the counter weights continues to decrease. This is a unique characteristic of the Bridge Street Bridge. It is unknown if any other bridges are in existence today that contain a similar mechanism. The bridge was operated by a hand crank at the base of the tower, which was connected to the counterweight and lifting shaft through a gear and pulley system. This system allowed the bridge to be opened and closed by hand with a relatively constant effort.

The bridge was closed to vehicular traffic
in 1991 but was rehabilitated in 2008-2009 to remain as an important link to Rockland County's historic heritage.

Rehabilitated 2009 - Rockland County Highway Department - Charles H. Vezzetti, Superintendent
HM NumberHM1TI7
Year Placed2009
Placed ByRockland County Highway Department
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Date Added Saturday, August 6th, 2016 at 9:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 591109 N 4543487
Decimal Degrees41.03751667, -73.91606667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 2.251', W 73° 54.964'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 2' 15.06" N, 73° 54' 57.84" W
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Area Code(s)845, 914
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Bridge St, Piermont NY 10968, US
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