WEEKEND PHOTOS: 75 Years Ago, the Henry Hudson Bridge Under Construction

The Henry Hudson Bridge under construction in 1936. (Courtesy NY MTA)

New York City's Henry Hudson Bridge turns 75 on Monday. Here's a look back at it's construction in 1936. The bridge spans the Spuyten Duyvil Creek and connects Manhattan with the Bronx. When it opened in December of 1936 it was the world’s longest plate-girder, fixed arch bridge at 800 feet.

In this photo, looking south from the Bronx, you can see the New Jersey palisades on the far side of the Hudson river, and the grade-level railroad bridge that belonged to Grand Central Railroad at the time, now operated by Amtrak.

The Henry Hudson Bridge under construction. (Photographer: Richard Averill Smith, June 19, 1936.)

“The Henry Hudson was originally designed for leisurely weekend drives but through the decades has evolved into a vital transportation connection in the tri-state region, linking New York City and the northern suburbs,” said the N.Y. Metropolitan Transportation Authority's Jim Ferrara.

Now, the bridge is the site of a high-tech pilot program to experiment with all-electronic tolling. In spring 2012, cash will be entirely eliminated from the toll plaza, and the bridge will become one of the first urban all-electronic tolling, a.k.a. cashless bridges in the nation. (More details on that here).

The Riverdale Public Library in the Bronx is hosting a month long photo exhibit about the bridge opening Monday.