Eddyville Bridge is a steel arch bridge that carries NY Route 213 over Rondout Creek in Eddyville, New York.
The Eddyville Bridge Company was established in 1831 with the purpose of constructing a bridge over Rondout Creek at Eddyville. 14 In 1868, legislation was enacted to rebuild the crossing and designate it as a free structure. Eventually, a three-span iron bridge was built but was later replaced by a new three-span crossing measuring 400 feet in length. The contract for this new construction was awarded to the Lane Bridge Company of Painted Post for the sum of $16,950 in March 1911, and the Warren through truss crossing was opened later that same year. 1 15
However, in February 1955, concerns were raised regarding the condition of the one-lane bridge, particularly its piers. 6 Flooding in October 15 and 16 resulted in damage to the abutments of the Eddyville Bridge, leading to its complete closure. 2 Upon inspection, the bridge was deemed unsafe due to undercutting of an abutment and pier damage. 3 Repair efforts were immediately implemented to reopen the bridge to automobile traffic, while plans for its replacement were simultaneously initiated. The New York State Department of Highways and Island Dock Associates installed steel pilings and repaired the abutments, 5 allowing the bridge to reopen on March 16, 1956. 11
The plans for a new bridge were presented at a public hearing on November 1, 10 and a construction contract was awarded to the Shanahan Construction Company of Ellenville in 1957. In September 1958, the partly built steel arches were transported from Yonkers to Eddyville via the Hudson River and Rondout Creek, 7 with complications arising from the sinking of a tug in the creek on September 13. 8 The steel arches were jacked into a horizontal position on September 24 and moved into a vertical position on September 29. 4 They were secured to the abutments and bolted together in the middle by October 6, later being welded together. 4 9 Stringers were installed to support the roadway deck, followed by the pouring of a reinforced concrete deck in the spring of 1959. 4 9 12 The new Eddyville Bridge opened to traffic in June. 12
In 2016-2017, the Eddyville Bridge underwent rehabilitation at a cost of $5 million, which included the replacement of the roadway deck and sidewalk, as well as various steel and concrete repairs. 13
- State: New York
- Route: NY Route 213
- Type: Steel Arch
- Status: Active - Automobile
- Total Length: 400 feet (1911); 358 feet (1959)
- Main Span Length: 340 feet (1959)
- Deck Width: 16 feet (1911); 38 feet (1959)
- Roadway Width: 30 feet (1959)
- Above Vertical Clearance: 15 feet
- Navigational Clearance:
- “Bridges.” Engineering Record, 11 Mar. 1911, p. 52.
- “Repair of Eddyville Bridge Requested Now.” Kingston Daily Freeman, 3 Nov. 1955, pp. 1-28.
- “State May Build New Span Over Rondout.” Kingston Daily Freeman, 25 Nov. 1955, pp. 1-6.
- “Eddyville Bridge Work Progresses.” Kingston Daily Freeman, 29 Sept. 1958, pp. 1-6.
- “Eddyville Bridge In Use.” Kingston Daily Freeman, 23 Mar. 1956, p. 1.
- “Eddyville Pushes For New Bridge.” Kingston Daily Freeman, 24 Feb. 1955, pp. 1-10.
- “Eddyville Bridge Arrives.” Kingston Daily Freeman, 17 Sept. 1958, p. 1.
- “Callanan Tug is Still on Bottom.” Kingston Daily Freeman, 16 Sept. 1958, p. 2.
- “Eddyville Arches Are Being Placed.” Kingston Daily Freeman, 25 Sept. 1958, p. 31.
- “Eddyville Bridge Plans To Be Discussed Nov. 1.” Kingston Daily Freeman, 28 Sept. 1956, p. 1.
- “Eddyville Span Reopened Today.” Kingston Daily Freeman, 16 Mar. 1956, p. 2.
- “Eddyville Span Work Is Near Completion.” Kingston Daily Freeman, 11 May 1959, p. 2.
- “Route 213 bridge over Rondout Creek in Eddyville to be repaired next year.” Daily Freeman, 18 Feb. 2015.
- Baxter, Archie Easton. General Index to the Laws of the State of New York, 1902, pp. 609-610.
- “Contracts Awarded.” Municipal Journal and Engineer, 8 Mar. 1911, p. 348.