The Troy Menands Bridge

Troy and Menands Bridge Troy postcard BPL.jpgWhile we’re on the topic of bridges, let’s move up the river to this old view of the Troy-Menands Bridge. What was originally a lift bridge, as shown here, was opened July 17, 1933 after several years of planning and the usual Albany-Troy tussles that had gone along with bridging the Hudson for a century or so. The span was designed and supervised by a cast of RPI graduates, working with the Phoenix Bridge Company of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, whose maker’s plate still adorns the bridge. The lift operations ended by 1966; the lifting towers were removed in 2000, supposedly to reduce inspection costs. The bridge has seen several rehabilitations, and spans were added to connect it to I-787 in 1967, and is currently being resurfaced. This view includes the old tracks of the New York Central and Hudson River Railroad, crucial to the success of Henry Burden’s nearby iron works.

Troy Menands Bridge Troy postcard BPL.jpgHere’s a view of the approach to the bridge on the Troy side. Those lovely entrance towers still stand.

4 thoughts on “The Troy Menands Bridge

  1. Carl, why is this bridge [ and Rt 378] even there ? this far south of Ashleys ferry ? for colonials to get to the schuyler property and the colonial rt. north to montreal? water route makes more sense

    for Russel Sage to get to his domains? hee hee

    why did traffic not, other than rail, just continue south to Bath? and the rt 20 to boston Rd or rt9 south to tarrytown and white plains?

    wonderful work!

    1. Now you’ve really got me wondering. The siting of this bridge has always been a mystery to me, connecting the industrial end of Troy with nothing at all . . . but I suspect it was to serve the industries so that their trucking didn’t have to go through downtown Troy anymore. I’m going to dig on this.

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