Building of the Week: Croton Dam Road Bridge

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Creating a spectacular scene regardless of its purpose, the Croton Dam Road Bridge carries just that — Croton Dam Road — over the Croton Reservoir spillway.

The bridge, which is located in county-owned Croton Gorge Park in Cortlandt, was originally completed in 1906 when the original 50-foot high Croton Dam was replaced with the 297-foot tall dam now in use. The bridge itself was replaced with a new structure similar to the original in 1975.

The 20-foot wide steel arch bridge spans 212 feet and its deck is approximately 300 feet above the bottom of the spillway. Twelve spandrel arches support the roadway.

The two-lane roadway carried by the bridge has been closed to vehicular traffic since 9/11 but is open to pedestrians and bicycles.

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