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Water Street Bridge (1903)



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Lost through truss bridge over Housatonic River on Water Street in Falls Village.
Falls Village, Litchfield County, Connecticut
demolished june 23, 2015
Built 1903; rehabilitated 1985, demolished 2015
- Berlin Construction Co. of Berlin, Connecticut
Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 126.0 ft.
Total length: 128.0 ft.
Deck width: 13.5 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.7 ft.
Also called
Amesville/Falls Village Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.95827, -73.37067   (decimal degrees)
41°57'30" N, 73°22'14" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/635027/4646426 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
South Canaan
Average daily traffic (as of 2018)
Inventory numbers
CT 5196 (Connecticut bridge number)
BH 12138 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of May 2018)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 75.1 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • April 29, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • May 14, 2017: New photos from Chester Gehman
  • March 29, 2016: Updated by Elliott Johnson: bridge is gone
  • June 23, 2015: Updated by Nathan Holth: Bridge demolition and replacement is UNDERWAY.
  • May 15, 2015: Updated by Chester Gehman: Added builder: Berlin Const. Co.
  • November 27, 2014: Photo imported by Dave King
  • May 8, 2014: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added alternate name.
  • April 18, 2014: Updated by J.P.: based on google street view, bridge has been blocked off.
  • September 29, 2013: Updated by Tony Dillon: Fixed coordinates

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Water Street Bridge
Posted June 23, 2015, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)
Water Street Bridge
Posted May 18, 2015, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

The arch is a patented design by Jai Kim where the arch provides load-bearing for live loads... although I recently learned from him that his patented design was sometimes used by companies who didn't use it properly and altered the truss, which he says his original design didn't do.

Water Street Bridge
Posted May 17, 2015, by Roger Deschner (rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com)

If this is a truss bridge, what is that arch doing threaded in the middle of the truss webs? The arch and the truss members do not appear to be connected. Was the arch added later to provide added strength? A very unusual structure, that I hope can be saved.