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Whirlpool Rapids Bridge

Whirlpool Rapids Bridge, © 1999

General Information

Structural Type: Two-hinged arch bridge
Function / usage: Road bridge
Railroad (railway) bridge
Other name(s): Lower Arch Bridge
Built: 1896 - 1897
Status: in use

Geographic Information & Related Structures

Location: Niagara Falls, Niagara County, New York, USA, North America
Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, North America
  • Niagara River
Coordinates: 43° 6' 31.00" N    79° 3' 28.61" W

Technical Information


main span 167.6 m
rise 34.7 m
deck height of upper deck above water 68.6 m


structural steel 3 266 t


arch steel


9 April 1896

Foundation work begins

29 July 1897

Testing with a live load of 9673 kg/m. Resulting deflection: 17.5 mm.

27 August 1897

Completion of all work


This arch bridge replaced John Roebling's famous Niagara Railway Suspension Bridge, and was built on the same centerline. Construction was completed without interruption of scheduled railroad traffic.

This toll bridge is currently administered by the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission.


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Internal Information
Structure-ID: 20000652
Created: 02/04/2000
Last Updated: 29/07/2014