East River Bridge plans
THE EAST RIYER BRIDGE. THE RAND PRELIMINARIES. Immediate Action in this Matter Matter Anticipated. THE DIFFEBENI PLANS, ROUTES AN MODES OF BUILDING. Opinions of Engineers as to the Feasibility Feasibility and Pecuniary Profit Xlie Proposed Proposed Elevators at the River's Edges - The Cars to be Propelled at Fifteen to Twenty Bales an Hoar by Stationary Stationary Engines - What will be Done Next "Week. Every Brooklynite, resident or capitalist, is interested in the bridging or the East River. It ia a project pronounced by the most successful bridge builders builders in the country to be entirely practicable, and a bill has been passed authorizing certain corporators to proceed in this great work. For a day or two nothin" further will be done until a certified copy of the bill passed by the Legislature haB been received in this city. This clerical duty will have been done by the middle of next week when a meeting of the corporators corporators will be at once called, and prompt measures of action adopted. The meeting for this purpose mi"ht have been previously held but for the fact that Hon Henry C. Murphy, who took a very lively interest in the success of the bill was absent, and Bince his return from the Legislature has not been in the best of health - He iB reported better now, so that all will be in readiness readiness to proceed next week. The first thing to be done is the appointment of an Engineer, competent to make surveys, and report upon the most feasible points of termini. To do this the size, style, material, and span of the bridge must be considered, and a good deal of time, skill, and practical practical experience in engineering. It has been deemed best,in a sort of an informal conference to invite the cooperation cooperation of Mr. Kobling, tho builder of the Niagara Suspension Bridge, and the new bridge, just completed at Cincinnati, over the Ohio. This gentleman is considered considered by many as the best authority on this suuject in the United States. He has just completed the bridge at Cincinnati which is an entire success. He has devoted much time to the consideration of suspension suspension bridges, and the best material of which to construct construct them. At Trenton, N. J., ho has the largest establishment establishment for manufacturing wire in the world. His opinions, therefore, will be found invaluable in a work of the magnitude of the proposed bridge. It is of the first importance that this should be a success, for, by the terms of the law authorizing the construction of the bridge, the cities of New York and Brooklyn, are allowed to purchase the bridge at any time after it shall go into operation by paying an advance of 33 per cent, upon its actual cost. As it will take four years to build, and one year before it can begin to pav, the corporators will be out the interest on the money money for that time, or 35 per cent., so that if the bridge should pass out of their hands at the beginning of the sixth year, they would but just clear themselves pecuniarily, pecuniarily, after having for five years accepted all the risks consequent upon a failure. This is rather a onesided onesided arrangement to look at, but when it is remembered remembered that the real estate capitalists of Brooklyn are the men to be the most largely benefitted, it will be seen that, like the stockholders of the Academy of Music, they can afford to hold the bridge, even if it does not pay, by reason of the benefit to their property, now partially unavailable. The Bridge is intended to accommodate the passage of two hundred thousand persons daily without trouble trouble or delay, and tho value of property will be trebled when the carriage of the rich and the Hansom of those of moderate means can pleasantly roll from Central to Prospect Park, their occupants enjoying a magnificent view from the East River bridge. In anticipation of thiB realization those who were almost frozen and were delayed last winter by the ice embargo may begin to get ready tosnap their fingers at the weather and its effects upon the surface of the East River. It is supposed that Mr. Roling will favor a bridge with one ;floor only to run from the junction of Main and Fulton streets to a point not far distant from Tammany Hall, New York. This will give at tho termini large areas for all sorts of travel. It is thought the bridge will be 75 feet or more iu width with two walks for foot - passengers of 15 feet each, two carriage ways and two trackB for cars. These latter latter vehicles will be moved by stutionary engines and can easily be driven at any desirable rate from ten to twenty miles per hour. It is not intended that tho cars shall stop on the bridge but shall roll along all at the same rate and cqui - diBtaut from one side to the other of the river. At the shores, immediately beneath the bridges, elevators to convey passengers to the bridge without the trouble of walking a distance to take a car, will be arranged, or at least are included in the plans of those who are thinking upon this subject. Mr. Robling will give his personal supervision to this enterprise, if desired, desired, either as consulting or chief engineer. The plan of Col. Julius W. Adams of this city, who commanded the 1st Long Island Regiment in the war, includes a bridge with three floors. The first for pedestrians, the second for cars, and the third and uppermost uppermost for coach, cart and general public travel. Co . Adams is an authority upon bridge building. He graduated at West Point, whore he stood high as an engineer, and since the war, has Bupcr intended the construction of the bridge over the Hudson river at Albany. It is not impossible that both these gentlemen may be associated associated with others iu this important undertaking. Undoubtedly Undoubtedly the summer will be consumed in the necessary necessary surveys, but the work will not be allowed to tarry as the law provides that it shall be completed within four years, which is a sufficient time but not any too much. The Eagle from time to time will endeavor to let its readers know of the status of this enterprise, and none must think that because tho ice is not in the river now and the need of a bridge thus palpably before the eye that nothing is being done for the accomplishment accomplishment of that great link which will probably unite the present two cities in one grand corporation with 2,000, - 000 inhabitants at no very distant day. Meantime our capitalists must not neglect their pecuniary duty at the proper time.