Today's Register-Star features an article about the status of the Ferry Street Bridge project: "Ferry Street Bridge construction awaits Amtrak agreement." In addition to noting the need for a contract with Amtrak before work can proceed, the article reports that the State Historic Preservation Office has determined that the bridge is not eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. It seems the very thing that makes the bridge most historically interesting, to me at least--that components of the bridge were salvaged from the Albany Freight Bridge, which was built in 1866 and dismantled around 1902--is what prevents it from being deemed historically significant. Also diminishing its historic significance are the modifications made to the bridge in 1915 (just ten years after it was built), 1934, 1955, and 1995.
There are no impediments to demolishing the bridge as we know it. The engineering firm Creighton Manning will be designing the new bridge. COPYRIGHT 2018 CAROLE OSTERINK