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Washington Bridge



Washington Bridge

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Photo taken by Douglas Butler in April 2013


Street View 


Bridge carrying US 1 over the Housatonic River consisting of five open-spandrel concrete arches and a double-leaf arched Pratt deck truss bascule span.

The bascule type is a fixed trunnion. It is NOT a Brown type bascule. According to the NRHP Nomination "In the Proceedings of the Connecticut Society of Civil Engineers, Deputy State Highway Commissioner Richard L. Saunders described the bascule as a "Brown type." Although the bridge does not embody any of the specific bascule patents held by Thomas E. Brown, the mention of his name suggests that Waddell involved him in the design as a subconsultant." It is not known what (if any) involvement Brown had with this bridge, however again this is NOT the unusual "Brown" type bascule, and is the much more common fixed trunnion type of bascule, which was popularized in Chicago and sometimes called the Chicago type as a result.


Bascule bridge over Housatonic River on US 1 in Milford
Milford, New Haven County, Connecticut, and Fairfield County, Connecticut
Open to traffic
Built 1921; rehabilitated 1990
- Bethlehem Steel Co. of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
- J.A.L. Waddell of Port Hope, Canada (Design)
- T. Stuart & Sons of Watertown, Massachusetts (Contractor)
- Connecticut Company
- Connecticut Railway & Lighting Co. (CR&L)
- Streetcar
Pratt deck truss double-leaf fixed trunnion bascule with concrete open spandrel arch approach spans.
Length of largest span: 183.0 ft.
Total length: 877.0 ft.
Deck width: 48.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on September 29, 2004
Also called
Devon Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.20040, -73.11071   (decimal degrees)
41°12'01" N, 73°06'39" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/658298/4564343 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
CT 327 (Connecticut bridge number)
NRHP 04001093 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 12182 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 09/2012)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 54.9 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2011)

Update Log 

  • August 20, 2015: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added contractor, tried to eliminate confusion and provide claarity in the description.
  • August 20, 2015: Updated by Luke: Added categories "J.A.L. Waddell", "Streetcar", "Railroad", "Rail-and-Road"
  • June 14, 2015: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • November 27, 2014: Updated by Ian Martin: Added NRHP info. and corrected design information
  • May 15, 2014: New photos from Douglas Butler
  • October 7, 2013: New Street View added by J.P.


  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Douglas Butler
  • Ian Martin
  • NRHP Listing
  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Nathan Holth


Washington Bridge
Posted August 20, 2015, by Manuel Ferreira (mgferreira [at] engenheiros [dot] pt)

Please check: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_Bridge_(Connecticut)

In this page it says the designer was J.A.L.Waddell.