High Bridge Talk
Friday March 13 at 7pm
The High Bridge is slated to reopen as a walkway in summer 2015. Come hear Bryan Diffley, the Project Manager of the renovation, speak about NYC's oldest standing bridge. A NYC engineering treasure, it was built in 1848 to bring water from the Bronx into Manhattan via the Croton Aqueduct.
The High Bridge remained in use for the Croton system until 1955. Its deck was used as a pedestrian bridge until the 1970's when it was closed due to vandalism. The city began restoring the bridge in 2012.
The High Bridge was designed by John B. Jervis, Chief Engineer of the Croton Aqueduct. He modeled it after the great aqueducts of the Roman Empire; the Croton was the longest aqueduct built since the Roman era!
High Bridge photos from the Municipal Archives