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Anna Hunt Marsh Bridge


Photo taken by Brian McKee in May 2010


BH Photo #171376


Street View 


Crossing the Anna Hunt Marsh Bridge

crossing from VT to NH

Video taken by Michael Quiet


Pennsylvania through truss bridge over Connecticut River on NH 119 in Hinsdale
Cheshire County, New Hampshire, and Windham County, Vermont
Open to traffic
Future prospects
At risk for demolition and replacement.
Built 1920 by American Bridge Co.; Rehabilitated 1988
- American Bridge Co. of New York (fabricator)
- John Williams Storrs (design)
- United Construction Co. of Albany, New York (contractor)
Pennsylvania through truss
Length of largest span: 324.2 ft.
Total length: 338.9 ft.
Deck width: 20.3 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 11.5 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.85167, -72.55528   (decimal degrees)
42°51'06" N, 72°33'19" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/699748/4747242 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2013)
Inventory number
BH 24837 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2016)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 43.8 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • May 21, 2017: New video from Michael Quiet
  • June 17, 2015: New photos from Michael Quiet
  • February 20, 2014: New photo from Jack Schmidt
  • September 5, 2013: Updated by Dave King: Fixed name
  • May 21, 2013: Updated by Nathan Holth: At risk for demolition and replacement.
  • July 31, 2010: New Street View added by Cliff Darby
  • July 31, 2010: New photos from Brian McKee


  • Brian McKee - bjmckee51 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Cliff Darby - clif30 [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Nathan Holth
  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Jack Schmidt - jjturtle [at] earthlink [dot] net
  • Michael Quiet - mquiet [at] gmail [dot] com


Keene ( NH ) Sentinel article on the Anna Hunt Marsh Bridge
Posted February 1, 2018, by Steve Lindsey (stevelindsey60 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Questions raised about old bridges at hearing for new Hinsdale-Brattleboro span

By Meg McIntyre Sentinel Staff Jan 19, 2018 (0)

HINSDALE — As state highway officials move forward with plans for a new bridge connecting the town to Brattleboro, members of the public have raised concerns about what will happen to the current bridges spanning the Connecticut River.

Several people asked about the future of those structures, and access to Hinsdale Island, at a public hearing Thursday night about the estimated $46 million project.

The bridges, named after Charles Dana and Anna Hunt Marsh, are Pennsylvania truss-style spans built in 1920 and rehabilitated in 1988. N.H. Department of Transportation officials classify the narrow bridges as functionally obsolete, which means they’re outdated, don’t meet current design standards and have height and weight restrictions.

In addition to building a new bridge, the transportation department plans to convert the old bridges for use by bicycles and pedestrians. The department has also applied for a TIGER grant to provide additional funds for the old bridges’ refurbishment.

The rest of the money for the bridge replacement project will come from federal highway funds, New Hampshire funds and Vermont funds, officials said Thursday.

Steve Lindsey, a former state representative from Keene, spoke in favor of maintaining the bridges so that people still have access to Hinsdale Island.

“It’s a wonderful public space. It’s a place for the public to go in nature, and it’s access to the river,” he said. “ ... We should maintain the old bridges as heritage structures, as access to a wonderful public resource for everyone to gain access to the island.”

Lindsey also noted that he had originally submitted the bill to name the bridges after Charles Dana and Anna Hunt Marsh, and that this style of bridge is no longer common.

However, Joseph Conroy, a Hinsdale resident who serves on the town’s budget committee, opposed maintaining the existing bridges and advocated for tearing them down sooner rather than later, which he said would be more inexpensive in the long-run.

“What are we going to do with them? Will they rot and fall into the river?” Conroy said. “ ... If we keep those bridges, 10 years from now, what’s it going to cost to take those bridges down? $10 million? $8 million? Taxpayers gotta pay for that.”

Hinsdale resident Edwin O. “Smokey” Smith, a former state representative, emphasized that if the bridges are maintained, the island should be cleaned up and turned into a “usable space” for the public.

A project to replace the bridges has been included in the state’s 10-year transportation improvement plan since fiscal year 1994, with its start date being delayed several times. It was bumped completely from the 2013-22 plan because of a lack of funding before being put back in the 2015-24 plan.

The new steel girder bridge, to be built several hundred feet downstream of the existing bridges, will stretch 1,782 feet across the Connecticut River. It will vary in width between 49 feet along the majority of the roadway and 53 feet at the Vermont-side intersection, which will be slightly wider to accommodate a turning lane where Route 119 intersects Route 142. That intersection will be controlled with a traffic signal. The plans also call for a 6-foot-wide sidewalk on the bridge’s north side, with a few viewing platforms for pedestrians to enjoy views of the river.

The state will begin accepting construction bids in late 2019, with work likely to begin in spring 2020 and continue into 2023, state officials said Thursday night.

The public hearing, which was moderated by a governor-appointed commission, drew about 50 people to Hinsdale Town Hall, including several state and town officials. The commission is chaired by Terry M. Clark, and area residents Christopher C. Coates and James M. Tetreault also serve on it.

State Sen. Jay V. Kahn, D-Keene, spoke in favor of the project, along with state Rep. Michael D. Abbott, D-Hinsdale.

“This project has been going on or in the works since basically 1973. It has been on and off the 10-year plan from that time forward ... I think that it’s been thoroughly vetted and explored and its time has come,” Abbott said. “I think that any delay in its implementation would have a very detrimental effect on the economic, social and basically the safety concerns of the Hinsdale community and all the other communities along Route 119.”

One attendee had a suggestion for naming the new bridge. Michael J. Mulligan of Hinsdale, who refers to himself as a “bridge angel,” proposed that the new bridge be named the Mike Mulligan Memorial Bridge.

Mulligan has been known in recent years for his demonstrations and protests on the bridge, where he posted warnings to drivers that they were traveling over what he claimed were unsafe structures.

A few hearing attendees asked about the process the project needed to go through on the Vermont side of the river.

They included Daniel Cotter, the director of plant and operations maintenance at Marlboro College, who expressed concern about the number of parking spaces the college’s Brattleboro location would lose because of the new construction.

Officials referred his concern and other questions to the Vermont Agency of Transportation.

The official record of the public hearing will remain open for 10 days. Members of the public can submit information or testimony for the record by mail to Peter E. Stamnas, director of project development at the N.H. Department of Transportation, at P.O. Box 483, Concord, 03302.

For more information on the project, visit http://bit.ly/2CpgxGF.

Meg McIntyre can be reached at 352-1234, extension 1404, or mmcintyre@keenesentinel.com. Follow her on Twitter at @MMcIntyreKS.

My letter for saving Anna Hunt Marsh
Posted February 1, 2018, by Steve Lindsey (stevelindsey60 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Fight to keep old Hinsdale bridges, by Steve Lindsey

Jan 17, 2018

They are building a big new bridge in Hinsdale. Across the Connecticut River. Over a wide section. Almost 1,800 feet of bridge (See “Public hearing set for Hinsdale bridge project,” The Sentinel, Dec. 30.)

After nearly 100 years, a new bridge, replacing two quirky green truss bridges upstream. It is the government’s responsibility to improve infrastructure to aid commerce. A Walmart SuperCenter is near the crossing. The Bridge to Walmart.

But government should be for more than commerce. The N.H. Department of Transportation project includes the preservation of the existing Anna Hunt Marsh and Charles Dana bridges, keeping the island in the middle of the river as a recreational area.

Why not? The government should be more to us than only providing for business. There are other parts of our lives that it should serve, too. Some have called for the demolition of the old bridges.

Consider joining me at the hearing to support keeping the two heritage spans. The hearing is Thursday at 7 p.m. at Hinsdale Town Hall.


Anna Hunt Marsh Bridge
Posted October 21, 2017, by Steve Lindsey (stevelindsey60 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Update. Some in Hinsdale, NH, including a budget committee member support demolition.


Anna Hunt Marsh Bridge
Posted February 17, 2017, by Michael Quiet (mquiet [at] gmail [dot] com)

Bridge continues to be at threat for demolition, with the timetable being moved up on replacing this and its counterpart span, with construction tenativley projected for 2019-2022. This project has been moving back and forth on timing, so nothing set in stone yet.


The good news is that the new bridge will be on a completely different alignment, and at least the possibility of retaining this span for pedestrian use is on the table. This should absolutely happen, given the important historic nature of this bridge (top among them is that its one of the last Storrs designed spans left in NH)

Also noted in the article that the Vilas Bridge, a spectacular 2 span open-spandrel arch upstream, is not getting a rehabilitation anytime soon (if ever).


Anna Hunt Marsh Bridge
Posted May 17, 2014, by Steven W Lindsey (SteveLindsey60 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Wood plank sidewalk replaced on this span.

See: http://www.reformer.com/News/ci_25733632/HinsdaletoBrattlebo...

Anna Hunt Marsh Bridge
Posted September 7, 2013, by Mike Mulligan (steamshovel2002 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Right, the Navy Seabees bridge is a modern rendition of a truss bridge. What makes it almost vibration free is the deck arch design. The middle of the bridge on the roadbed is about a foot or so higher than the roadbed sitting on the footing or bridge concrete foundation.

A heavy load on the arch creates compressive stress on the roadbed deck large steel members creating a much stronger bridge. I get it a large amnount of weight is transfered to the huge upper truss by their cables atached to the deck.

That has taken out most of the vibration out of this bridge….

Anna Hunt Marsh Bridge
Posted September 7, 2013, by Mike Mulligan (steamshovel2002 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Yea, the NH state bridge inspector gave me that one with bridge vibrations too. He told me to go up to the new Navy Seabees a few mile north on route 9. It vibrates just like the 1921 bridge. Except it was rock solid. The Navy Seabees bridge is really a beautiful bridge.

This is really about NH not being able to fund their transportation agency…the state bridge inspectors defaulting to document and inspection falsification because they don’t want to disrupt 10,000s of people.

Anna Hunt Marsh Bridge
Posted September 6, 2013, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Obviously this bridge has problems that need to be corrected. But, I do take issue with one of Mr. Mulligan's arguments...

He is concerned about the bridge vibrating when a car goes across it. Of course it vibrates. That is what bridges do. A modern UCEB will also vibrate as weight is transferred from one section to another. All it means is that the bridge is doing its job.

If you want to try something fun, stand on the walkway with your hands on the diagonal members. You will actually feel the weight being transferred. Please be safe when doing this, and please do not violate any laws, but you will gain an appreciation for how a truss bridge functions.

Anna Hunt Marsh Bridge
Posted September 5, 2013, by Nathan Holth

Funny article. What a moron. Functionally obsolete means the bridge geometry is not equal to modern guidelines, it does not mean the bridge is deteriorated. The only thing deteriorated is this guy's brain cells.

I did find that the guy had some detail photos of the bridge showing the rust that he thinks will cause the bridge to collapse. https://plus.google.com/photos/101222802273511819990/albums/...

These photos identify isolated areas of rust and section loss. These elements do not post an imminent danger to the bridge and can be easily repaired through rehabilitation.

Connecticut River Bridge
Posted September 5, 2013, by Dave King (DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Here's a video of the same guy who got arrested at the Charles Dana Bridge.


Connecticut River Bridge
Posted September 5, 2013, by Steve W Lindsey (SteveLindsey60 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Proper name of the bridge is the Anna Hunt Marsh Bridge, as it was named by the NH Legislature and governor with the approval of Hinsdale, NH and Brattleboro, Vt. town bodies. AHM was a social reformer with connections to both towns and one of the few bridges named for a woman (two others, one at Maidstone, Vt crossing and a lift bridge in Portsmouth, NH)

Connecticut River Bridge
Posted May 21, 2013, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)