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Robert Ridgway

Robert Ridgway, American civil engineer. member Chicago Traction and Subway Commn; member Colorado River Board for Boulder Canyon Dam, 1928-1932.

Background

  • Ridgway, Robert was born on October 19, 1862 in Brooklyn, New York, United States. Son of Joseph Skidmore and Margaret (Stephens) Ridgway.

  • Education

    • Public schools and at home. Honorary Master of Arts, Harvard, 1925. Honorary Master of Science in C.E., New York University, 1915, and C.E., same, 1919.

      Doctor of Engineering, Lehigh University, 1929. Doctor of Engineering, Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute, 1933.

    Career

    • Chainman, rodman and leveler, Northern Pacific Railroad, in Montana and Wisconsin, 1882-1884. Entered employ Aqueduct Commission, New York City, 1884. Assistant engineer construction aqueduct and various reservoirs and dams, 1886-1900.

      With Rapid Transit Commission, 1900-1905, as assistant engineer, later div. engineer in charge construction South Ferry Loop, tunnels under East River, from South Ferry to Joralemon St., Brooklyn, and various subways in Brooklyn. With Board of Water Supply for New York City, 1905-1912, as div. engineer, later department engineer in charge location and construction of Catskill Aqueduct work including upper 60 miles of the aqueduct and Hudson River crossing at Storm King, approximate cost $30,000000 (aqueduct drops vertically 1200 feet down shaft, crosses, under Hudson River and rises in shaft on opposite side). Engineer of subway construction for Public Service Commission, 1st District, New York, and its successors, Transit Construction Commission and Transit Commission, 1912-1921.

      In charge of rapid transit construction in New York City, estimated cost of work more than $300,000,000. Appointed chief engineer Transit Commission, May 1921. In charge of all engineering work of commission in connection with new construction and maintenance of rapid transit lines in dual system of rapid transit for New York City.

      Appointed, July 1924, chief engineer Board Transportation, City of New York, in charge of all rapid transit design and construction in the city. Appointed consulting engineer same board, 1932, retired, December 16, 1933. Construction engineering Port of New York Authority, December since 1933.

      Member Chicago Traction and Subway Commission, by appointment of City Council of Chicago, 1916-1917, commission reported upon and made recommendations for improvement of local transit conditions. Chairman of the Board engrs. Trans-Bay Bridge, San Francisco, 1927.

      Member Colorado River Board for Boulder Canyon Dam, 1928-1932. Construction engineering Rapid Transit Subways, City of Chicago, 1930-1931. Construction engineering rapid transit studies City of San Francisco, 1935.

    Works

    • Authority, December since 1933. Member Chicago Traction and Subway Commission, by appointment of City Council of Chicago, 1916-1917, commission reported upon and made recommendations for improvement of local transit conditions. Chairman of the Board engrs.

      Trans-Bay Bridge, San Francisco, 1927. Member Colorado River Board for Boulder Canyon Dam, 1928-1932. Construction engineering Rapid Transit Subways, City of Chicago, 1930-1931.

      Construction engineering rapid transit studies City of San Francisco, 1935. Decorated Order of the Rising Sun, 3d class (Japan), 1929.

    Membership

    Member Chicago Traction and Subway Commn. Member Colorado River Board for Boulder Canyon Dam, 1928-1932.

    Connections

    • Married Lillie A. Littell, May 10, 1888 (died 1927). Married second, Isabel L. Law, September 15, 1928.
    • father: Joseph Skidmore Ridgway
    • mother: Margaret (Stephens) Ridgway
    • spouses: Lillie A. Littell
    • Isabel L. Law
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    Born October 19, 1862
    Died December 19, 1938
    (aged 76)
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