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Building the Batchellerville Bridge

1929 - 1930

 
 
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By Howard C. Ohlhous, August 30, 2013
1. Building the Batchellerville Bridge Marker
Inscription.
Contract 14
Contract 14 provided for the construction of a cantilever type steel bridge over the Sacandaga Reservoir at Batchellerville, N.Y., consisting of nineteen spans of 150 feet and two of 112 1/2 feet, including the construction of 20 piers, 2 abutments and the east approach to the bridge. There are involved about 5,800 cubic yards earth embankment, 1,200 cubic yards riprap, 29,500 lineal feet untreated timber piles, 9,100 cubic yards concrete, 6,900 square yards concrete pavement surfacing, 445 tons concrete reinforcement and 1,600 tons structural steel. The contract was awarded to Pittsburgh-Des Moines Steel Company on July 23, 1929, and the estimated cost is $491,400. This bridge will be completed during the fall of 1930. This contract is under the immediate direction of C. R. DeGraff, Resident Engineer, with H. A. Fleig, Assistant Engineer, serving as principal Assistant, E. A. Faille, Assistant Engineer, on inspection of concrete and J. E. Driscoll, Assistant Engineer, on inspection of steel and piles. The Edinburg approach to the bridge is to be constructed by the County of Saratoga in pursuance to its agreement with the Board.
Gates closed on Conklingville Dam March 27, 1930
Batchellerville Bridge opened October 25, 1930
 
Erected by Town
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By Howard C. Ohlhous, August 30, 2013
2. Building the Batchellerville Bridge Marker
The Batchellerville Presbyterian Church is across South Shore Road from this marker.
of Edinburg Historian Priscilla Edwards.
 
Location. 43° 12.545′ N, 74° 4.906′ W. Marker is in Edinburg, New York, in Fulton County. Marker is on South Shore Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Northville NY 12134, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Great Sacandaga Lake (a few steps from this marker); Batchellerville Presbyterian Church (a few steps from this marker); S. Batcheller Home (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old Country Store (about 500 feet away); Batchellerville (about 600 feet away); Covered Bridge (approx. 1.2 miles away); Carriage Shop (approx. 1.3 miles away); Beecher's Store (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Edinburg.
 
More about this marker. This marker is one of two in the vicinity about the construction of the first Batchellerville Bridge. The marker appears to be locally manufactured panel containing a photo documentation display gathered by the Town Historian of Edinburg.
 
Regarding Building the Batchellerville Bridge. On October 25, 1930 the bridge opened after the waters began rising at the end of March that year. The bridge's
Building the Batchellerville Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, August 30, 2013
3. Building the Batchellerville Bridge Marker
The white car above has just crossed the new Batchellerville Bridge across the Great Sacandaga Lake. The construction equipment in the left background is in use during the final stages of disassembly of the old Batchellerville bridge. The metal truss work of the old bridge is cut up and hauled away for its scrap value.
21 spans measured 3,150 feet on concrete piers 50 to 60 feet tall.
 
Categories. Bridges & Viaducts
 
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By Howard C. Ohlhous, August 30, 2013
4. Building the Batchellerville Bridge - Marker Detail
Construction tramway.
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By Howard C. Ohlhous, August 30, 2013
5. Building the Batchellerville Bridge - Marker Detail
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By Howard C. Ohlhous, August 30, 2013
6. Building the Batchellerville Bridge - Marker Detail
Concrete forms for bridge piers with the construction tramway.
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By Howard C. Ohlhous, August 30, 2013
7. Building the Batchellerville Bridge - Marker Detail
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By Howard C. Ohlhous, August 30, 2013
8. Building the Batchellerville Bridge - Marker Detail
Bridge piers and the work railway.
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By Howard C. Ohlhous, August 30, 2013
9. Building the Batchellerville Bridge - Marker Detail
The bridge steel truss work is in place as well as the large earthen approach embankment.
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By Howard C. Ohlhous, August 30, 2013
10. Building the Batchellerville Bridge - Marker Detail
There were two of these plaques, one on either of the bridge abutments.
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By Howard C. Ohlhous, August 30, 2013
11. Building the Batchellerville Bridge - Marker Detail
This is the text section of the marker.
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By Howard C. Ohlhous, August 30, 2013
12. Building the Batchellerville Bridge - Marker Detail
A workboat and a couple of construction workers ashore.
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By Howard C. Ohlhous, August 30, 2013
13. Building the Batchellerville Bridge - Marker Detail
A group of a half dozen carpenters are building what may be forms. The narrow gage work railway has a number of cars, one of which is carrying a boat. In the background a derrick is used for lifting materials from the tramway. Is the building in the back used as office space?
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By Howard C. Ohlhous, August 30, 2013
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By Howard C. Ohlhous, August 30, 2013
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By Howard C. Ohlhous, August 30, 2013
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By Howard C. Ohlhous, August 30, 2013
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By Howard C. Ohlhous, August 30, 2013
18. Building the Batchellerville Bridge - Marker Detail
Batchellerville Bride opened on October 25, 1930.
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By Howard C. Ohlhous, August 30, 2013
19. Building the Batchellerville Bridge - Marker Detail
Batchellerville Bride opened on October 25, 1930.
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By Howard C. Ohlhous, August 30, 2013
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By Howard C. Ohlhous, August 30, 2013
21. Building the Batchellerville Bridge - Marker Detail
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By Howard C. Ohlhous, August 30, 2013
22. Building the Batchellerville Bridge - Marker Detail
Folks who had their property taken for the reservoir were given the opportunity to move buildings from the designated flood prone areas, however not everyone had the means to move their structures. Here residents have moved out their belongings; Chairs, carpets, mirrors, and pictures. Homes not moved where demolished and burned before the lake was filled.
Building the Batchellerville Bridge - Marker Detail image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, August 30, 2013
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By Howard C. Ohlhous, August 30, 2013
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By Howard C. Ohlhous, August 30, 2013
25. Building the Batchellerville Bridge - Marker Detail
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By Howard C. Ohlhous, August 30, 2013
26. Building the Batchellerville Bridge - Marker Detail
This photo gives a sense of scale of the bridge with relation to the hamlet of Batchellerville. The two structures on the left appear to been partially burned, yet remain standing.
Building the Batchellerville Bridge - Marker Detail image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, August 30, 2013
27. Building the Batchellerville Bridge - Marker Detail
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By Howard C. Ohlhous, August 30, 2013
28. Building the Batchellerville Bridge - Marker Detail
The Batchellerville Bridge in 2010 image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, September 4, 2010
29. The Batchellerville Bridge in 2010
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 30, 2013, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. This page has been viewed 2,914 times since then and 179 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29. submitted on August 30, 2013, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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