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Pulaski Street Bridge

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WATERSIDE BRIDGE over RIPPOWAN RIVER

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Description 

Bridge is not technically "lost." To placate community outrage at its replacement, the pieces were not scrapped, but stored for some future use. Unfortunately, the sections were taken apart with a cutting torch, not un-bolted carefully, making future use unlikely. The dis-assembled bridge can be found in the weeds in Kosciuszko Park, Stamford. It will most likely be quietly cut up at some point and scrapped.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Lenticular through truss bridge over Rippowan River on Pulaski Street in Stamford
Location
Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built 1887 by Berlin Iron Bridge Co.; Replaced 1987
Builder
- Berlin Iron Bridge Co. of East Berlin, Connecticut
Design
Lenticular through truss
Dimensions
Total length: 148.0 ft.
Also called
Oliver Street Bridge
Waterside Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.04407, -73.54498   (decimal degrees)
41°02'39" N, 73°32'42" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/622289/4544668 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Stamford
Inventory number
BH 71552 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 3, 2022: New photo from Chester Gehman
  • December 5, 2021: New photo from Art Suckewer
  • January 30, 2021: New photos from Patrick Gurwell
  • February 3, 2018: New photo from Art Suckewer
  • April 23, 2016: Updated by Chester Gehman: Not exactly "lost"
  • March 28, 2016: Added by ArtS

Sources 

  • Art Suckewer - Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com
  • Chester Gehman - gehmanc2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Patrick Gurwell - pgurwell [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

Pulaski Street Bridge
Posted January 3, 2022, by Chester Gehman (gehmanc2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I have added a page from a Berlin catalog which describes the unique construction of this bridge:

"The bridge is on a grade of about three feet in its length, which is hardly noticeable from a distance, but it shows the great adaptability of the parabolic truss to bridges of this class--bridges on a grade.

The truss is placed horizontally, perfectly level, and the floor is made tangent to the truss at the center; one end-post is lengthened, while the other end-post is shortened an equal amount, so that the bridge is not distorted in any way, nor is there any ambiguity in the amount or character of the strain, owing to the bridge being on a grade. This is the only form of truss made in which this condition prevails."

Pulaski Street Bridge
Posted April 25, 2016, by Nathan Holth (nathan [at] historicbridges [dot] org)
Pulaski Street Bridge
Posted April 25, 2016, by Chester Gehman (gehmanc2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

BTW, The pieces are visible on Google Earth. Find Kosciuszko Park, Stamford, CT and open up historical imagery. Scroll back to 3/2012. The foliage is sparse enough for you to see the pieces lying there in the northwest corner near the water.

Pulaski Street Bridge
Posted April 25, 2016, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

It will just take a will and money. I'll leave to the experts to determine if it will require cubic feet or cubic yards of money :^)

Regards,

Art S.

Pulaski Street Bridge
Posted April 25, 2016, by Michael Quiet (MQuiet [at] Gmail [dot] com)

Thanks for finding this Chester! Its a sad thing to see a Lenticular in this state, but I'll take "extant" over "scrapped" any day. I'd like to think that there has to be some group that would like the chance to have/rebuild a lenticular, even if it has been torch cut and siting in a pile for close to 30 years.

Pulaski Street Bridge
Posted April 23, 2016, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Chester,

Thanks for the update!

At least it exists. So, for now, there is still a chance.

Regards,

Art S.

PS. A similar thing happened to this bridge:http://historicbridges.org/b_a_county.php?county=Crawford%20County,%20Pennsylvania

but its already gone.