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Black Bridge (1936)


Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #145279


Bridge is located in the Pine Meadow section of New Hartford. It replaced a covered bridge at this location that was destroyed on March 18, 1936 when the Greenwoods Dam upstream gave way, the first event in the famous flood of 1936. The old covered bridge was called the "Black Bridge" because of its dark color.


Lost two-span pony truss bridge over West Branch Farmington River on Black Bridge Road, New Hartford
New Hartford, Litchfield County, Connecticut
Replaced by new bridge
Built 1936 by the Berlin Construction Co.; rehabilitated 1974; replaced 1999
- Berlin Construction Co. of Berlin, Connecticut
Two riveted Warren pony trusses
Length of largest span: 84.0 ft.
Total length: 174.9 ft.
Deck width: 18.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.87812, -72.96457   (decimal degrees)
41°52'41" N, 72°57'52" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/668894/4638246 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
New Hartford
Average daily traffic (as of 2018)
Inventory numbers
CT 4434 (Connecticut bridge number)
BH 43226 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 97 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • January 13, 2020: New photo from Chester Gehman
  • May 24, 2017: New photos from Chester Gehman
  • June 7, 2014: Updated by Chester Gehman: Added some history & photos.
  • August 15, 2009: Added by James Baughn

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