Whirlpool Rapids Bridge
Two-hinged arch bridge
|Function / usage:||
Railroad (railway) bridge
|Other name(s):||Lower Arch Bridge|
|Built:||1896 - 1897|
Geographic Information & Related Structures
Niagara Falls, Niagara County, New York, USA, North America
Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, North America
|main span||167.6 m|
|deck||height of upper deck above water||68.6 m|
|structural steel||3 266 t|
|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.
Relevant Web Sites
- The Niagara Railway Arch, in "Transactions of the American Society of Civil Engineers", n. 40
- Tierra sobre el agua, Colegio de Ingenieros de Caminos, Canales y Puertos, Madrid (Spain), ISBN 8438001483, 1999; pp. 335
- History of Bridge Engineering, Chicago (USA), 1911; pp. 340-341