ONE LANE BRIDGE

Program
NYS Historic
Subject
Site
Location
608 County Rd 42, Massena, NY 13662, USA
Lat/Long
44.9600067, -74.831078
Grant Recipient
Town of Massena
Historic Marker

ONE LANE BRIDGE

Inscription

ONE LANE BRIDGE
MASSENA CENTER SUSPENSION
BRIDGE CONSTRUCTED 1909-1910
BY HOLTON ROBINSON, 1863-1945,
PROMINENT BRIDGE DESIGNER
AND NATIVE SON.
WILLIAM G. POMEROY FOUNDATION 2018

Holton “Holt” D. Robinson was a senior partner in the engineering firm of Robinson & Steinman in New York City. According to his obituary, Robinson held a number of cable invention patents. It was said he enjoyed walking the high girders of the steel bridges he designed in order to inspect the cables. Robinson attended the public schools in Massena and graduated from St. Lawrence University in 1886. During his long career, he was involved in the building or repair of New York bridges such as the Williamsburg Bridge, the George Washington Bridge, and the Thousand Islands International Bridge, as well as bridges in California, Ohio and Rhode Island. Robinson was also involved in constructing spans in Brazil, Australia and Europe. The Massena Center Bridge, now closed, was constructed to relieve congestion in the vicinity of a former aluminum company plant. At the time of its construction, the Town of Massena could only afford $40,000 for a bridge. Robinson, unable to find a contractor to take a job for less than $60,000, returned to Massena to serve as contractor for the project.