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Ingenious use of old rails and ties are welded together to create a retaining wall for the trench.

A closer look at the rails and how they were joined to make a brace for a wall support.

This looks like a fairly new pedestrian-only overpass.  It's the only sort of it's kind along the line.  This was definitely not built during the original Grade Elimination project back in the early 1900s!

Most surface streets, aside from the major streets that are carried over the ROW via overpasses, dead-end at the railroad ROW.

Rocks are used to provide support for the trench wall in this area.

I would love to know why they only built a pedestrian overpass in this area, and not a full-fledged street overpass.  My guess is that the local residents did not want any thru car and truck traffic traversing their residential streets at this location.

OldNYC.com contributor Slade Gellin tells us: "I think that the modern pedestrian bridge is at East 15th Street. When I lived in Brooklyn, there was a pedestrian bridge there built like a narrow version of the classic overpasses of that area.  There was an auto overpass at East 14th Street, and it was originally one-way only (southbound),  then later changed to two-way in the 1960's."

Graffiti mars the new overpass.

The old Brighton Beach Subway line passes over the LIRR Bay Ridge Branch line at this point.  This overpass has not been refurbished, and the LIRR PRR (Pennsylvania Railroad) type bridge construction prominently shows it's unique characteristics (for example, the sloping retaining wall leading from the ground to the overpass).

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