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NH - Whiting Viaduct

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Whiting Viaduct Construction

BH Photo #309244

Map 

Description 

Large earthen embankment on the former CNE with two stone tunnels for the river and an abandoned carriage road. Abandoned in the late 1930s.

When the Connecticut Western RR reached East Canaan a large fill was necessary to span the Whiting River valley. It required a passage for the stream and a roadway. These were built side by side with stone ashlar arches for the passageways. The earthen embankment is at least fifty feet tall. The roadway was abandoned after a grade crossing was built at the west end of this long curving fill.

Facts 

Overview
Abandoned stone arch bridge over Whiting River & Abandoned Road on Central New England Railway
Location
East Canaan, Litchfield County, Connecticut
Status
Derelict/abandoned
History
Built ca 1870
Builders
- A. Ives
- L. Starrick
- W.A. Barnes of Storm Lake, Iowa
Railroads
- Central New England Railway (CNE)
- New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad (NH)
Design
Stone arch
Also called
Whiting River Arches
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.02056, -73.26228   (decimal degrees)
42°01'14" N, 73°15'44" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/643870/4653519 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Ashley Falls
Inventory number
BH 64297 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 23, 2017: New photos from Chester Gehman
  • November 28, 2014: Added by Ian Martin

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