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Extraordinary Feqt To IU Per
formed by Subway Engineers.
A bridge moving feni whi< h engineers *.i> will
eclipse anything of the sort ever attempted
in this neighborhood, will take place on
the Harlem River, probably within a few weeks.
The bridge to be moved is the big steel struct
ure o\.-r the Harlem Ship Canal, In Broadway,
at th.' ixlrfine northern end of Manhattan
Island. This structure ie to be floated down the
llarlem en barges a distance of a mile to Its
te at West Two-hundred-and-seventh-pt.,
.i big pivot jiT l;:;.*: been constructed in
••S3 to receive it. The tide Will be v; r 1 to
a big bridge from it. 1 - present foundations
- o to land It sa
pl.ci i .--r.
■ ■'■■■ ,
...■j to iiu\ •-• b 1 < v used by the I
..«<>, was empl< tl] tfl
a>.c a railroad b!i.!.\;o In ■y. it has
beei i*eJ with success to i
ll ll.ia
!. . ].• re it fa I to i
,;,« Hai pan
.: rue tun of eteel i
i Of this about
: i • ■. . ' t and -ir.iw
• the ;• ma nlng 1,000
of the .i tual bridge
The Lridso is comparatively new, having been
Cnk.bed on January 1, 1 ..*.. Us original iO3t
was $120,0<A and the officials Of the Depart
ment of Bridges say that because of the ad
/aticcd prices of steel and labor It could not be
Zui licr.lcd for that figure to-day.
tine of the moit striking features of the pro
,•■•. v change In the site of the bridge Is that the
i'Sn i.OOO double deck steel dnwbrldge which Is
t>> Uko Us place in LJroadway will be as nearly
a:- possible completed in sections and in readl
:.. si to place on th< foundations as soon as the
pieacs.t brlJge floats off down the stream. It is
exj'cc-Kd by the engineers v. ho are to take
• harge of ■:.■ work that th" exchange of bridges
..in Lh effected within a few hours, if all goes
w. 11, and, even allowing for possible delays, they
d«i not figure on holding up train ■ more than a
day. it is too early yet to say at what time In
the day the exchange of bridges will be effected.
Tn it is a matter to be determined largely by
ii tides. Big barges will be floated beneath
tin- present bridge »nd blocking placed under it.
Tac rising tide is expected to lift the bridge
from its present position, It will then be lowed
aw.!/ and the next bridge floated Into Its i '.!• <■■
As the tide falls the new bridge will settle on
the old Bite and the old bridge on the new site.
The city, the Rapid Transit Subway Construc
tion Company, the New-York Central Railroad
Company and the Metropolitan Street Railway
Company are all financially interested in the
change of bridges over the Ship Canal, and
Ihtre has been a lively dispute over the project
for some time. Then are still Indications that a
thorough understanding has Dot been reached
Utw.cn the city and the subway company.
<>tii.iiis of the Department of Bridges say the
Hoard of Estimate has given the Commissioner
of Bridges authority to purchase from the sub
v\:i> company the present bridge at a cost of
$NO,<mj<), as the bridge becomes the property of
the company as Boon as it replaces the structure
with a new bridge. All that is needed now to
complete the action on the part of the city Lt the
approval of the Board of Aldermen. This pur-
chase price of $80,000, PHdg^ Derartinent offi
cials a.sscrt. Is payable only wh^n the old bridge
h.as b>'cn delivered s.if. ;>• on Its new foundations
at Went Two-hundred-and-seventh-st.
The Subway Constrw Uon Ct>!nr-i r; y eri
take; another \ lew of the situation, for an offi
cial of thai compai y told a Tribune reporter th«
other day that under the proposed contract th»
city muM u.tt- nd to the placing of the old bridge
In Its new i/usitiun. Tho lower deck of the new
In ord«r to test the number of successful hits made by a force of riflemen upon a body of chordnc eavntr* a ..„.. w__ X-__K -__ ♦_„,„..♦»» _vil». J^r,***
•rawing the target Bearer to the beam. the tn Untry flrlns meanwhile. "*""** «» » "=*™ °i norkes. th« team is then set at full pllop. thereby
•— \iuusixaicu lAiuuun «\cnd.
Structure will t»- given up to general truffle and
the tracki of the Metropolitan Street Kailway
Company, including • location for the under
ground win- conduit. On the upper dock will lie
the tracks of the .subway company.
The New-York Central road la Interested In
lh'_ change "f bridges because, in accordunee
With Us plan t'> do away with the big loop in
its tracks Ju:~t before th<> emerge upon the
nhore of the Hudson, toe company expects to
follow the north shore of the Ship Canal. To
do ti is ii. taha passing under the north land
span <■: ill.- Ship (.'anal l>ritige. The present
span 13 mufh too low to admit of this, and as
the tracks could not be lowered below the pres
ent ground level beneath the bridge without
placing them In danger at high tiJr. th-Te
seemed no way out of it aside from the coa-
Structlon of a new spaji. There was y>::
of building a second de<.k on top of the j i
brids<? and letting it stay where It now Is. but
the New-York Central's difllouity and the fact
that a new floor must be laid before tae Metro-
politan street railway tracks could cross seemed
to make this course almost as expensive as the
outright purchase of the bridge, and the city
finally decided upon the latter course.
The new pivot pier In the llarlem opposite
West Two-hundred-and-seventh-st. plays an In
teresting part In this shuffling of bridges on the
Harlem. The cost of this pier alone la about
$150,000. It has Just been finished by the
Foundation and Contracting Company, of «*'«
city, and Is one of the largest piers of its kind
In the Harlem, It Is about fifty feet In diam
eter, and runs down ninety feet to the Led rock.
The shores at this point on the Harlem fafl
away sharply, forming a deep ravine, through
which the river flows. The upper part of the
pier Is of granite, and the lower portion to the
rock bottom of the river is of solid concrete.
Some Idea of the work of constructing: it can
be gathered from the fact that as it now stands
It weighs about twelve thousand tons. There
will be masonry approach- .s, with a short span
on each side of the brrdg*. Tbe^e will ea--h be
about five hundred feet !•
In accordance with the plans of the federal
government, the Harlem will be wi<l< r.e<l for a
considerable distance at this point. The shore
line Is now irregular. It hi to be cut away on
ea«h side a distance of about three hundred
feet, and cv.v piers and Jo-.ka are to Le con
Th^re will be the regulation space of twenty
four feet between the bottom of the bridge and
the rtvtf at high water, ?o that small craft may
pass without oponlnc: UM draw, un the east
side of the r:\-r the land span of the bridge will
ver the tracks of the New- York Central
The bridge when In posttloa at th? new site
Will prove a considerable convenience to resi
dents on University Heights, affording as it will
direct communication between the Fordhain
road on the east side of the Har!eni and West
Two-hundred-and-seventh-st. The site selected
Is about midway of a stretch of three miles ta
which there has been for years no bridge for
the accommodation of traffic across the Harlem.
Mr. Tinamld— Miss Pec his may I say-
Mabel— er
Miss Pechls— Well, George, what Is it?
Mr. Timnild— — cr — was wondering what yon
would say. If I— er— asked you to— er— marry
ma. Mind! Tax only Baying "it"— {Philadelphia

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