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Posted by Tom Klemens on September 17, 2010 at 4:16 PM.
Fireworks on October 3, 2009 over the Mid-Hudson Bridge celebrating the opening of the Walkway Over the Hudson, from which this photo was taken. (Read more about that structure here in two weeks.) Photo by Scott Crist.
When construction began in 1925 on the Mid-Hudson Bridge, there was no other fixed crossing of the Hudson River south of Albany for automobile and pedestrian traffic. As well as using steel for the structural material, the long-span suspension bridge has steel and granite towers and a steel deck.
For more about the Mid-Hudson Bridge, including a photo archive, from the New York State Bridge Authority website, click here. While there, be sure to also check out the Bridge Music link, which offers a number of audio tracks created using the bridge as a musical instrument.
Nest boxes were put on the bridge in the late 1980s and in 1996 peregrine falcons began to nest there. Falcons have nested on the bridge every year since with the exception of 2001. You can view the nest on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation website by way of a webcam installed in 2000 by clicking here. (There was more activity on that score back in May.)