Pelham Bay Bridge

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Pelham Bay Bridge
Hutchinson River Bridge.jpg
Coordinates 40°51′48″N 73°49′04″W / 40.8634°N 73.8179°W / 40.8634; -73.8179Coordinates: 40°51′48″N 73°49′04″W / 40.8634°N 73.8179°W / 40.8634; -73.8179[1]
Crosses Hutchinson River
Locale The Bronx, New York
Official name Pelham Bay Bridge
Maintained by Amtrak
Characteristics
Design Bascule bridge, Warren truss
Material Concrete, Steel
Longest span 81.7 feet (24.9 m)[1][2]
History
Designer Scherzer Rolling Lift Bridge Co., Chicago, Illinois[1]
Opened 1907[3]

The Pelham Bay Bridge, also known as the Amtrak Hutchinson River Bridge, is a two-track movable railroad bridge that carries the Northeast Corridor (NEC) over the Hutchinson River in the Bronx, New York, upstream from the vehicular/pedestrian Pelham Bridge. It is owned by Amtrak, which provides passenger service, and is used by CSX Transportation and the Providence & Worcester Railroad for freight traffic.

The New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad completed construction of the bridge in 1907. Amtrak partially rehabilitated it in 2009.[4] The bridge is obsolete and requires extensive ongoing maintenance, with speeds restricted to 45 miles per hour (72 km/h). The lift span is manned and required to open on demand; it does so several times per day for commercial boats.[5]

Amtrak plans to replace the bridge with a new high-level fixed bridge with clearance for maritime traffic. Preliminary work began in 2013. MTA's Metro-North Railroad has proposed the Penn Station Access using the bridge for a so-called Hell Gate Line service which would allow some New Haven Line trains to access New York Penn Station.[3][6][7]

See also[edit]

As seen from Pelham Bridge with Coop City in background

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Amtrak - Hutchinson River Bridge". bridgehunter.com. Retrieved April 11, 2017. 
  2. ^ Wai-Fah Chen, Lian Duan (1999). Bridge Engineering Handbook. CRC Press. pp. 21–3. ISBN 0849374340. 
  3. ^ a b "Pelham Bay Bridge Replacement". Washington, D.C.: Northeast Corridor Commission. Retrieved April 11, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Amtrak to Begin Major Bridge Project in New York" (PDF) (Press release). New York, NY: Amtrak. November 19, 2009. ATK-09-096. 
  5. ^ United States Coast Guard. Drawbridge Operation Regulations. "§117.793. Hutchinson River (Eastchester Creek)." Code of Federal Regulations, 33 C.F.R. 117.793
  6. ^ Steinemann, Jeremy (August 23, 2011). "A 21st Century NEC: The Top Four Failing Bridges that Must Be Replaced". New York, NY: Northeast Alliance for Rail. 
  7. ^ Schned, Daniel (January 2014). Getting Back on Track (PDF) (Report). New York, NY: Regional Plan Association. p. 21.