Opened for traffic in 1909, this bridge is New Hampshire's only surviving example of a threespan High Pratt truss bridge. Rename the Lilac Bridge in 1997.
Photo taken by David P. Timmins
BH Photo #125684
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Update. Hooksett town officials upset over design of replacement bicycle bridge, noting North Span differs from other two. They are not apparently students of history or they would have known the Storis designed bridge lost a span during the Flood of 36, and the replacement looked slightly different. The bicycle bridge is seen by many as the culmination of their years of public service and is a source of pride.
I'm feeling nauseous...
Another success for New Hampshire's war on the legacy of John Storrs. With this we're pretty much down to the Anna Hunt, which will be coming up for replacement in the next few years http://bridgehunter.com/nh/cheshire/12500410004000/
Given how things are going I'm getting much less optimistic about the possibility of preservation.
This is a loss on several other levels, as an increasingly rare multi-span through truss, a rare product of the American Bridge/United Bridge duo, and as a survivor (2/3rds anyways) of the flood of 1936.
A long but incredibly thorough and comprehensive study of the bridge, including a looks at John Williams Storrs (increasingly rare) work.
Also fascinating to find out that its immediate predecessor was a Briggs Truss
Article on the sale of the Lilac Bridge and the new bridge proposal: http://thebridgehunter.areavoices.com/2016/04/04/lilac-bridg... Bland and tasteless replacement if you ask me...... ;-P
I somehow missed this, (The Banner is a free weekly handed out at Hooksett area markets) or I would've shared it here. I lived in town as a boy, and this bridge is among my earliest memories.
It's been a bad run of news for the remaining Storrs spans of late.
That's nuts! That thing is newer and probably stronger than the Lambertville - New Hope bridge.
Can Nels fix it less than the scrap and replace price?
$11.5 million to rehab this noteworthy historic bridge and only $3.3 million to reduce it to scrap metal and replace it? Were they planning on painting the rehabilitated bridge in 24 carat gold?!
Town council voted to remove it and replace it with a pedestrian / utility bridge. It is in danger of collapsing into the Merrimack River.
you need to show a picture so i can see what it looks like so i can do my project