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Water Street Bridge

Photos 

FALLS VILLAGE - ONE LANE BRIDGE

Fotki.com user Sue

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BH Photo #309164

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Lost through truss bridge over Housatonic River on Water Street in Falls Village.
Location
Litchfield County, Connecticut
Status
demolished june 23, 2015
History
Built 1903; rehabilitated 1985, demolished 2015
Builder
- Berlin Construction Co. of Berlin, Connecticut
Design
Pratt through truss
Dimensions
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
Inventory numbers
CT 5196 (Connecticut bridge number)
BH 12138 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 03/2012)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Critical (2 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 8.9 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2012)
255

Update Log 

  • 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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Sources 

  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Nathan Holth
  • Facebook Page
  • Chester Gehman - gehmanc2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Elliott Johnson - elliottsgon15 [at] hotmail [dot] com

Comments 

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.