Downsville Covered Bridge
Downsville, Delaware County
The Downsville Covered Bridge was constructed in 1854 by Robert Murray, a noted bridge builder. It is 174 feet long and 19 feet wide as it spans the East Branch of the Delaware. It has a deck width of 14 feet 3 inches, a portal height of 12 feet and a portal width of 16 feet 4 inches. The bridge is one lane wide, has a 6-foot clearance, a 3-ton weight limit and a 5 mile per hour speed limit. The bridge, as originally built, utilized local oak and hemlock timber. It originally cost $1,700 to build, which included all the materials as well as the construction. The bridge is an active roadway. After the Blenheim Bridge in Schoharie County was destroyed during Tropical Storm Irene in 2011 the Downsville Covered Bridge has assumed the mantel of longest covered bridge in New York. The bridge is maintained by the Delaware County Department of Public Works. The bridge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.