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Air Line State Park Trail - River Road Overpass

Photo 

Air Line River Road Arch

Eastern elevation

Photo taken by Ian Martin in June 2011

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BH Photo #315001

Map 

Description 

Bridge carried the Air Line Railroad over dirt lane. The brownstone arch spans about 22 feet and rises about 18 feet.

Facts 

Overview
Stone arch bridge over River Road on Airline State Park Trail S
Location
Colchester, New London County, Connecticut
Status
Open to pedestrians only
History
Built 1887; abandoned 1965 by New Haven RR Portland-Columbia
Railroads
- Boston & New York Air-Line Railroad (B&NY)
- New Haven, Middletown & Willimantic Railroad (NHM&W)
- New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad (NH)
- Rail-to-trail
Design
Brownstone arch bridge; stone likely came from quarries in Portland CT, another town along the Airline route. Voussoir stones are chisel-marked with numbers; perhaps cut to size elsewhere?
Dimensions
Total length: 22.0 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on August 21, 1986
Also called
Airline State Park Trail Bridge
NH - River Road Overpass
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.58053, -72.42492   (decimal degrees)
41°34'50" N, 72°25'30" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/714665/4606406 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Moodus
Inventory numbers
NRHP 86002727 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 60695 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 3, 2015: Photo imported by Ian Martin
  • November 27, 2014: Updated by Ian Martin: Added NRHP info.
  • June 9, 2014: Updated by Chester Gehman: Added some history and description
  • April 18, 2014: Updated by J.P.: Added categories "Rail-to-trail", "Airline Railroad"

Sources 

  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Chester Gehman - gehmanc2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Ian Martin
  • NRHP Listing