Railway Overpass: Sharpe Avenue (abandoned) – Staten Island NY

City:
Staten Island, NY

Site Type:
Roads, Bridges, and Tunnels, Infrastructure and Utilities, Mass Transportation

New Deal Agencies:
Public Works Administration (PWA), Public Works Funding

Started:
1935

Description

The overpass carrying what was then a freight and passenger railway (the North Shore Branch of the Staten Island Railway) over Sharpe Ave. was constructed during the mid-1930s as one link in a massive grade separation project. The structure leads into the former elevated Tower Hill station, and is imprinted with the date 1935.

The Public Works Administration (PWA) provided a $1.46 million grant for the $6 million grade crossing elimination project, which included work elsewhere in Staten Island and even in Manhattan. PWA Docket No. NY 4926.

Source notes

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tower_Hill_(Staten_Island_Railway_station) (accessed Mar. 2018)

Gary Owen’s S.I.R.T. North Shore Line Page: https://gretschviking.net/GOSIRTNorthShore.htm (accessed Mar. 2018)

National Archives: Record Group 135: Public Works Administration; Projects Control Division; Entry 52: Indices to Non-Federal Projects; Report No. 5: Status of All Completed Non-Federal Allotted Projects, page 22.

Brooklyn Daily Eagle: "Opens S.I. Viaduct; Longest in Nation," Feb. 26, 1937.
The New York Times: "Staten Island Opens Mile-Long Viaduct: Thirty-four Grade Crossings Are Eliminated," Feb. 26, 1937.

Site originally submitted by Evan Kalish on March 6, 2018.

Location Info


Armstrong Ave.
Staten Island, NY

Coordinates: 40.547287, -74.159351

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