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NH - Eastern Hop River Bridge

Photos 

Wide view from southwest

Photo taken by Ian Martin in June 2015

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BH Photo #329491

Map 

Description 

The eastern crossing of the Hop River on the former NYNH&H Midland Route consists of five skewed deck plate girder spans located on a slight curve. Abandoned in 1972, the railroad bed now belongs to the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection, but has only been converted to trail use as far east as Kings Road. The bridge itself is in poor condition, with a tree growing out of the undermined westernmost pier. This has produced a visible misalignment of the western two spans of the bridge. Additionally, the eastern abutment also appears to be in need of repair. Due to this damage and the fact that the trail can easily bypass this bridge via Kings Rd. and Flanders Rd., it is unlikely that this bridge will see rehabilitation or replacement for trail use in the near future.

Facts 

Overview
Abandoned deck plate girder bridge over Hop River on NYNH&H Midland Route
Location
Coventry, Tolland County, Connecticut
Status
Derelict/abandoned
Railroads
- Hartford, Providence & Fishkill Railroad (HP&F)
- New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad (NH)
- Penn Central Railroad (PC)
Design
Deck plate girder
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.72192, -72.25948   (decimal degrees)
41°43'19" N, 72°15'34" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/727958/4622531 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Columbia
Inventory number
BH 68005 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 14, 2015: New photos from Ian Martin
  • June 13, 2015: Added by Ian Martin

Sources 

  • Ian Martin