Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass – Susan B. Anthony Memorial Bridge

Downtown Rochester as seen from Ford Street, with the bridge in the center foreground.
Carries Eight lanes of I-490
Crosses Genesee River and NY 383
Locale Rochester, New York
Maintained by NYSDOT
ID number 4050129
Design Triple steel arch
Total length 364 m (1,194 ft)
Width 39.8 m (130.6 ft)
Longest span 140.9 m (462.3 ft)
Construction begin April 2004
Construction end June 18, 2007
Opened June 18, 2007
Daily traffic 71,640 (2008 est.)
Coordinates 43°09′04″N 77°36′33″W / 43.15108°N 77.60908°W / 43.15108; -77.60908Coordinates: 43°09′04″N 77°36′33″W / 43.15108°N 77.60908°W / 43.15108; -77.60908

The Frederick Douglass – Susan B. Anthony Memorial Bridge (known as the Troup–Howell Bridge until July 13, 2007) is a triple steel arch bridge carrying Interstate 490 over the Genesee River and New York State Route 383 (Exchange Boulevard) in downtown Rochester, New York. The bridge, officially completed on June 18, 2007, replaced a 50-year old multi-girder bridge situated in the same location.


The Douglass-Anthony Bridge as seen from I-490 westbound

The bridge is 364 metres (1,194 ft) in length, with the longest span, the arch-supported roadway crossing the Genesee, encompassing 140.9 metres (462.3 ft). In terms of width, the structure is 39.8 metres (130.6 ft) wide.[1] The roadway on its surface is eight lanes wide, with four reserved for each direction of I-490. On a daily basis, the structure carries an estimated 71,640 vehicles over NY 383 and the Genesee.[2]

The New York State Department of Transportation is responsible for maintenance on the bridge.


The old Troup-Howell Bridge

Construction on the new bridge, then known as the "Troup–Howell Bridge", began in April 2004.[3] To prevent the flow of traffic from being halted on I-490, the construction of the arch bridge and the demolition of the girder bridge were done in stages, which allowed a minimum of four lanes of traffic, two in each direction, to be open at all times.[4] On June 18, 2007, the bridge was officially completed and fully open to traffic for the first time.[3]

In a ceremony at the bridge on July 13, 2007, the bridge was renamed the "Frederick Douglass – Susan B. Anthony Memorial Bridge", honoring Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony, both of whom had ties to Rochester during their lives.[5]


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