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Swift River Bypass Bridge


Swift River Bypass Bridge

Elevation, early morning

Photo taken by Nick Boppel in June 2020


BH Photo #474498



This bridge was constructed in 1975 as a vehicular bypass of the Swift River Covered Bridge, which was then restored for pedestrian use only. When the new bridge was built, West Side Road/Washington Street was realigned. The original alignment of the road today is disconnected in two parts, with the northern segment being an extended parking area for the covered bridge and nearby fishing/swimming holes, and the southern segment being a private access road/driveway for two houses located directly behind the Saco River Covered Bridge. The fork at the south end of the Saco River Covered Bridge originally did not exist, with West Side Road branching off towards the north immediately before the Saco River bridge on what is now private property.


Steel stringer bridge over Swift River on West Side Road/Washington Street
Conway, Carroll County, New Hampshire
Open to traffic
Built 1975 as bypass around Swift River Covered Bridge
Steel stringer
Length of largest span: 99.1 ft.
Total length: 205.1 ft.
Deck width: 31.8 ft.
Also called
West Side Road Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.98493, -71.11989   (decimal degrees)
43°59'06" N, 71°07'12" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/329994/4872383 (zone/easting/northing)
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
Inventory number
BH 89697 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 95.8 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • June 27, 2020: New photos from Nick Boppel


  • Nick Boppel - nickboppel01 [at] gmail [dot] com