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Amtrak - Groton Bridge

Photos 

View, Looking North, Showing Groton Bridge (Foreground) And Highway Bridge (Background)

Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #153696

Map 

Street View 

Facts 

Overview
Vertical-lift through truss bridge over Thames River on Northeast Corridor (Amtrak)
Location
New London, New London County, Connecticut
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1919 by the American Bridge Co. as a bascule bridge; draw span replaced by vertical lift in 2008
Builders
- American Bridge Co. of New York (Superstructure)
- C.H. Norwood (Equipment)
- Cianbro Corporation of Pittsfield, Maine (Rehab)
- Holbrook, Cabot & Rollins Corp. of Boston, Massachusetts (Substructure)
- Ralph Modjeski of Bochnia, Poland (Chief Engineer)
- Strauss Bascule Bridge Co. of Chicago, Illinois (Bascule Design)
Railroads
- Amtrak (AMTK)
- New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad (NH)
- Northeast Corridor (NEC)
Design
Main span: Warren through truss vertical-lift (replacing a Warren through truss bascule as seen in the HAER photos)
Approaches: Four Parker through trusses (185, 330, 300 and 300 feet)
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 330.0 ft.
Total length: 1,394.0 ft.
Also called
Thames River Railroad Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.36303, -72.08727   (decimal degrees)
41°21'47" N, 72°05'14" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/743629/4583152 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
New London
Inventory number
BH 43969 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 13, 2017: New photos from Chester Gehman
  • January 26, 2016: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • November 5, 2015: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • July 18, 2015: Updated by Luke: Added image to removed Doug's image as the thumbnail image
  • December 16, 2014: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • October 4, 2014: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • April 1, 2014: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added Ralph Modjeski as Engineer.
  • October 12, 2013: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • October 3, 2012: New photos from Jann Mayer
  • January 30, 2010: Added by James Baughn

Related Bridges 

Sources 

  • Wikipedia
  • HAER CT-11 - Northeast Railroad Corridor, Amtrak Route between New York/Connecticut & Connec, New Haven, New Haven County, CT
  • HAER CT-25 - New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad, Groton Bridge, Spanning Thames River between New London & Groton, New London, New London County, CT
  • Jann Mayer - jannmayer [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Nathan Holth
  • Douglas Butler
  • Luke
  • Chester Gehman - gehmanc2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Comments 

Amtrak - Groton Bridge
Posted July 19, 2015, by Anonymous

Bunch of HATERS !!!

Groton Bridge
Posted July 12, 2013, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

They just don't build them like they used to. Why would you replace a bascule bridge with a vertical lift bridge? Waddell and Harrington used to build some nice lift bridges back in the day, but even those bridges are extremely slow to raise and lower compared to a well-built bascule bridge (like the one demolished and replaced here).

Groton Bridge
Posted March 19, 2011, by James McCray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge and the Gold Star Mem. Bridge were featured in a scene from the movie "Down Periscope."