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Jay Bridge - Rehabilitation Project
Jay, NY - Essex County
Photo of Elevaion view Jay Bridge after 2007 rehabilitation
Elevation view Jay Bridge after 2007 rehabilitation

Photo of Portal of Jay Bridge after 2007 rehabilitation
Jay Bridge portal after 2007 rehabilitation

Bridge Rehabilitation Project Complete
The Jay Covered Bridge over the East Branch of the AuSable River is the last remaining publically-owned covered bridge located in the Adirondack Park. This project was a locally administered federally-aided bridge restoration project progressed by the Essex County Department of Public Works in cooperation with the Region 1 offices of NYSDOT. Barton & Loguidice, P.C. and Schoder Rivers Associates provided full preliminary and final design for the restoration of the bridge. The project was funded by an 80 percent grant under the TEA-21 enhancement program and carried a 20 percent local match.

Because of its age, condition, geometric features, and structural capacity, it was determined that the bridge was no longer capable of supporting vehicular traffic. In May 1997 the bridge was closed to traffic, removed from the site, and stored nearby.

Final design features included the retention of as much of the existing members as possible. The existing truss structure including roofing and siding were dismantled, and deteriorated timber members were replaced. All roof framing and ceiling beams were replaced, along with the roof and wall sheeting, deck stringers, and timber decking. The existing substructure were rehabilitated to include new elevated bridge seats to raise the bridge, providing improved hydraulic characteristics and better surface water drainage. A landscaped interpretive area was constructed as the entrance to the bridge; as well as a parking area, sidewalks, and curbing at the north bridge approach. Low intensity interior and exterior lighting were installed.

Bridge Statistics
Year Rehabilitated:  2007 (Original Construction 1857)
County:  Essex
Feature Carried:  Bicycle/Pedestrian Access
Feature Crossed:  East Branch Ausable River
Bridge Type:  Timber (Howe) Truss
Structure Length:  49.454 m
Span Lengths:  47.778 m
Owner:  Essex County

Designers:         Schoder Rivers Associates/Barton & Loguidice, P.C.

Contractors:         Alpine Construction, LLC/Luck Brothers, Inc.

Barton & Loguidice, P.C., has offices in Albany, Syracuse, Rochester, Ellenville, NY; and Camp Hill, PA. Since 1961, B&L has grown from a small partnership of four professional engineers to an engineering, planning, environmental, and landscape architecture firm of more than 180 professionals. If you have any questions, contact Barton & Loguidice, P.C., 1-800-724-1070 or visit

Jay Bridge photos after bridge was removed foundations

Photo of Jay Bridge after June 12, 1997   Photo of Jay Bridge portal after June 12, 1997
Photo of Jay Bridge portal after June 12, 1997   Photo of Jay Bridge truss after June 12, 1997

Jay Bridge photos October 3, 2004


Truss / Arch

Photo of Jay Bridge truss
Howe Truss

Photo of night view of finished project
Night view of finished project

Location Map

Location map of Jay Bridge

0.2 miles east junction NY9N/86 on road opposite NY86, then 0.1 miles right. The bridge is located in Jay in Essex County.

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