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Abbott Bridge

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Photo taken by Doug Kerr in December 2010

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BH Photo #195606

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Description 

The Abbott Bridge is the oldest surviving stone arch bridge in New Hampshire and is both a state historical landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The bridge has been preserved for light vehicular use (weight limit 10 tons, strictly enforced). However, it has been threatened by flooding repeatedly over the past few years. Beaver Brook is notorious for frequent and sometimes rampant flooding, which in part contributed to the collapse of the Castle Hill Road Bridge upstream and the Willow Street Bridge just a few miles south. There is no evidence of flood damage to the bridge, but additional precautions should be considered.

Facts 

Overview
Stone arch bridge over Beaver Brook on Old Bridge Street in Pelham
Location
Pelham, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire
Status
Open to traffic with a weight limit
Future prospects
Bridge is preserved but has been threatened by flooding multiple times in the past few years
History
Built 1837; rehabilitated 1920 & 1988
Design
Stone arch
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 19.0 ft.
Total length: 42.0 ft.
Deck width: 24.0 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.72667, -71.31944   (decimal degrees)
42°43'36" N, 71°19'10" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/310105/4733071 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Lowell
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
7,041
Inventory number
BH 24964 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 40 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • April 29, 2020: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • April 2, 2020: Updated by Nick Boppel: Various updates (Abbott Bridge is common name, fixed year built, etc)
  • December 18, 2017: New photo from Dana and Kay Klein
  • March 21, 2011: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Added alternate name
  • March 21, 2011: New photos from Doug Kerr

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Old Bridge Street Bridge
Posted March 21, 2011, by Doug Kerr

Also known as the Abbott Bridge.