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Pequonnock Valley Greenway Merritt Parkway Bridge

Photos 

View To Rocky Hill Road Rail-Bed Bridge

Photo taken for the Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #289137

Map 

Street View 

Description 

Plate girder bridge that would have carried the Bridgeport-Botsford portion of the NYNH&H Berkshire Division (original Housatonic Railroad) over the Merritt Parkway. Immediately after the bridge's construction, the line south of Stepney was abandoned, and it's said that the only train to ever cross the bridge was a scrap train. The bridge remained intact was incorporated into a southern extension of the Pequonnock Valley Greenway in 2017.

Facts 

Overview
Abandoned pony/through plate girder bridge over Merritt Parkway on Pequonnock Valley Greenway
Location
Trumbull, Fairfield County, Connecticut
Status
Open to pedestrians and bicycles
History
Built 1935, line abandoned 1940, converted to trail use 2017
Builder
- McClintic-Marshall Co. of Chicago, Illinois & Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Railroads
- Housatonic Railroad (HRRC)
- New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad (NH)
Design
Pony plate girder
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 80.1 ft.
Total length: 91.9 ft.
Deck width: 11.5 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.23632, -73.18642   (decimal degrees)
41°14'11" N, 73°11'11" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/651982/4566576 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Bridgeport
Inventory numbers
CT 751 (Connecticut bridge number)
BH 61895 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of February 2016)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 17 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • May 16, 2020: Updated by Ian Martin: Noted the bridge is now open to trail use
  • July 24, 2014: New Street View added by Ian Martin

Sources 

  • Ian Martin
  • Railroad.net Forum
  • HAER CT-56 - Merritt Parkway, Rocky Hill Road Bridge, Spanning Merritt Parkway at 32.54 mile mark, Trumbull, Fairfield County, CT