Poughkeepsie in Dutchess County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Walkway Over the Hudson
The 525 foot spans are the largest and heaviest trusses in the world.
10 story underwater timber caissons were built to set the concrete foundations for the bridge.
Considered a landmark piece of the Hudson valleys industrial past, the bridge soon became a major link in the nation's rail network. Over the next 60 years, it would support 50 trains per day.
The bridge has been virtually idle for about 35 years after a spectacular fire severely damaged it in 1974, ending an era of rail transportation.
Their mission: to preserve the landmark railroad bridge, transform the bridge into a linear park and trail
With a length of 6,767 feet (approximately 1.25 miles), the walkway is the longest pedestrian bridge in the world.
The top of the bridge deck is 212 above the water and the width is 24 feet.
Connects with an extensive network of rail-trails, parks and communities on both sides of the river.
Donated by: Alex Palmiotti, BSA Troop 50
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & Viaducts Man-Made Features.
Location. 41° 42.477′ N, 73° 56.419′ W. Marker is in Poughkeepsie, New York, in Dutchess County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and North Water Street, on the right when traveling west on Main Street. Located in Waryas Memorial Park on the Hudson River. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Poughkeepsie NY 12601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Walkway Loop Trail (here, next to this marker); The Queen City of the Hudson (here, next to this marker); River That Flows Both Ways (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Poughkeepsie Waterfront (about 600 feet away); Victor C. Waryas Memorial Park (about 700 feet away); Franklin D. Roosevelt Mid-Hudson Bridge (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lange Rack (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Hudson River Day Line (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Poughkeepsie.
Also see . . . Walkway Over the Hudson. (Submitted on November 12, 2010, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
1. Length and Width of Walkway
There are a few errors in the article.Walkway Over The Hudson is 6,768 feet long,and 1.28 miles long.It
— Submitted January 17, 2015.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 12, 2010, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 1,378 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 12, 2010, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.