Frederick Douglass–Susan B. Anthony Memorial Bridge

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Frederick Douglass–Susan B. Anthony Memorial Bridge
Downtown Rochester as seen from Ford Street, with the bridge in the center foreground.
Coordinates43°09′04″N 77°36′33″W / 43.15108°N 77.60908°W / 43.15108; -77.60908Coordinates: 43°09′04″N 77°36′33″W / 43.15108°N 77.60908°W / 43.15108; -77.60908
CarriesEight lanes of I-490
CrossesGenesee River and NY 383
LocaleRochester, New York
Maintained byNYSDOT
ID number4050129
DesignTriple steel tied arch
Total length364 m (1,194 ft)
Width39.8 m (130.6 ft)
Longest span140.9 m (462.3 ft)
Construction startApril 2004
Construction endJune 18, 2007
OpenedJune 18, 2007
Daily traffic71,640 (2008 est.)

The Frederick Douglass–Susan B. Anthony Memorial Bridge (informally called the Freddie-Sue Bridge[1] and known as the Troup–Howell Bridge until July 13, 2007) is a triple steel arch bridge carrying Interstate 490 (I-490) over the Genesee River and New York State Route 383 (NY 383, named Exchange Boulevard) in downtown Rochester, New York. The bridge, officially completed on June 18, 2007, replaced a 50-year-old multi-girder bridge situated in the same location.


The Douglass-Anthony Bridge as seen from I-490 westbound

The bridge is 364 metres (1,194 ft) in length, with the longest span, the arch-supported roadway crossing the Genesee, encompassing 140.9 metres (462.3 ft). The structure is 39.8 metres (130.6 ft) wide.[2] The roadway on its surface is eight lanes wide, with four reserved for each direction of I-490. The structure carries an estimated 71,640 vehicles daily over NY 383 and the Genesee.[3]

The New York State Department of Transportation is responsible for maintenance on the bridge.


The old Troup-Howell Bridge

Construction on the new bridge, then known as the "Troup–Howell Bridge", began in April 2004.[4] To prevent the flow of traffic from being halted on I-490, the construction of the arch bridge and the demolition of the girder bridge were done in stages, which allowed a minimum of four lanes of traffic, two in each direction, to be open at all times.[5] On June 18, 2007, the bridge was officially completed and fully open to traffic for the first time.[4]

In a ceremony at the bridge on July 13, 2007, the bridge was renamed the "Frederick Douglass–Susan B. Anthony Memorial Bridge", honoring Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony, both of whom had ties to Rochester during their lives.[6]

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  1. ^ "WHAM Morning News Daily Recap". November 1, 2011. Retrieved April 5, 2012.
  2. ^ Frederick Douglass-Susan B. Anthony Memorial Bridge at Structurae. Retrieved June 18, 2007.
  3. ^ "2007 Traffic Data Report for New York State" (PDF). New York State Department of Transportation. July 25, 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 12, 2012. Retrieved July 17, 2009.
  4. ^ a b Freile, Victoria E. (June 18, 2007). "Finally, all Troup Howell lanes open". Democrat and Chronicle. Retrieved June 18, 2007.
  5. ^ "Governor: DOT breaks ground on $37M Troup–Howell Bridge project" (Press release). New York State Department of Transportation. May 6, 2004. Retrieved June 18, 2007.
  6. ^ "Bridge Takes On New Name". RNews. July 13, 2007. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved August 24, 2007.