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Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge

Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge(HAER, NY,14-POKEP,8-;DLC/PP-97:NY-228)

General Information

Structural Type: Cantilever truss bridge
Function / usage: original use:
Railroad (railway) bridge
current use:
Bicycle and pedestrian bridge
Other name(s): Walkway Over the Hudson
Built: 1886 - 1889

Geographic Information & Related Structures

Location: Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County, New York, USA, North America
  • Hudson River
Coordinates: 41° 42' 38.20" N    73° 56' 40.99" W

Technical Information


total length 2 062.89 m
span lengths of main bridge 5 x 160 m


truss steel


8 May 1974

A fire damages a roughly 210 meter part on the eastern portion of the bridge. Rail services on the bridge are subsequently suspended indefinitely as the damage is never repaired by the railroad company and the line that the bridge served is taken out of commission.

3 October 2009

After the installation of a concrete slab deck, the bridge is re-opened officially as the "Walkway Over the Hudson".


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Relevant Publications

  • DeLony, Eric Out on a limb in "Bridge Design & Engineering", 4th Quarter 2005, n. 41 v. 11
  • DeLony, Eric Walk back in time in "Bridge Design & Engineering", 4th Quarter 2008, n. 53 v. 14
  • Jackson, Donald C. Great American Bridges and Dams, John Wiley & Sons, New York (USA), ISBN 0471143855, 1984; pp. 322-324
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