Catskill Mountain Railroad Pedestrian Bridge over Catskill CreekBlack Bridge

Creighton Manning Engineering, LLP is proud to announce the Catskill Mountain Railroad Pedestrian Bridge (Black Bridge) over Catskill Creek was honored by the APWA Capital Branch as the 2018 Project of the Year in the Historical Restoration/Preservation Category.

Creighton Manning provided rehabilitation design services for this $2.8M locally administered federal aid project to restore an existing railroad bridge constructed in 1882 and re-open it to pedestrian and bicycle traffic. The rehabilitation repaired the existing 440 ft long fourspan wrought iron modified Pratt through truss and reopened the bridge to non-motorized traffic as part of the Village of Catskill recreation walking loop.

The Black Bridge is the last surviving usable element of what was an elaborate transportation network in the Hudson Valley. The bridge was a major contributor to the historic and vital tourism industry that helped the region to grow in the late 1800s and early part of the 20th century. The bridge rehabilitation project involved significant coordination with the NYS Office of Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation, local community groups, and project stakeholders to develop consensus on the preferred alternative.