| Hutchinson River|
15 October 1908
New York City
| Pelham Bay Bridge|
Bronx, NY 10475, USA
| Shore Road, Pedestrians, Bicycles|
New York City (The Bronx)
New York City Department of Transportation
Joseph P Addabbo Memorial, Rikers Island Bridge, Greenpoint Avenue Bridge, City Island Bridge, 145th Street Bridge
Pelham Bridge is a bascule bridge located in the New York City borough of the Bronx. It carries Shore Road and a walkway along the downstream side, over the Hutchinson River. The bridge is operated and maintained by the New York City Department of Transportation. Crossing the mouth of the river, it is variously called Pelham Bay Bridge and Pelham Bridge.
Pelham Bridge opens frequently; in 2008, it opened a total of 1,446 times. The watercraft traffic under that bridge is greater than for any other drawbridge in the city.
Pelham Bridge Wikipedia
The first bridge at the site, a stone bridge built in 1815, was destroyed in a storm on April 12, 1816. Another bridge wouldn't be built at the site for eighteen years.
The current bridge replaced an older one that required constant, expensive maintenance. The new bridge was opened to traffic on October 15, 1908 before it was fully completed, in order to save costs on maintaining the old bridge. During construction, the water main for City Island and Pelham Bay Park had to be interrupted, so water was imported from New Rochelle, costing the city $5,323.93. The bridge was completed on February 17, 1909. at a total cost of $605,274.06. The bridge was reconstructed in 1985.
A celebration of the bridge's centennial took place on October 28, 2008.