Gustav Linderhal, the newly elected chief bridge commissioner, wanted a lift bridge at this location, but the other commissioners were leery of the expense. A lift bridge was a new concept at the beginning of the last century. It really is a better idea since ships were routinely smashing into the pivot pier of the Harlem River swing bridges. A lift bridge would give these ships much greater horizontal clearance. However, the city jumped at the chance of using the discarded swing span of the Broadway Bridge instead.
New York City's Bridges: University Heights Bridge by Mark Yashinsky is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.