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Sewalls Falls Road Bridge

Photos 

Sewalls Falls Road Bridge02

View from downstream side. Photo taken from adjacent multi-use park.

Photo taken by David P. Timmins

BH Photo #125711

Map 

Street View 

Facts 

Overview
Through truss bridge over Merrimack River on Sewalls Falls Road
Location
Concord, Merrimack County, New Hampshire
Status
Truss structure removed. Replacement underway
History
Built 1915; rehabilitated 1936; Demolished in 2015-16
Builders
- Berlin Construction Co. of Berlin, Connecticut
- John Williams Storrs (Designer)
Design
Two-span riveted Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 167.0 ft.
Total length: 660.1 ft.
Deck width: 16.4 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 11.3 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.27111, -71.56444   (decimal degrees)
43°16'16" N, 71°33'52" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/291893/4794115 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Penacook
Inventory number
BH 25001 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 12/2013)
Deck condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Critical (2 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 0.0 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2010)
4,300

Update Log 

  • April 3, 2016: Updated by Jason Smith: Updated the status of the bridge. Bridge is being replaced.
  • December 3, 2014: Updated by Will Truax: Updated status
  • March 11, 2014: Updated by Jason Smith: This bridge is now doomed. Demo and replacement scheduled for April 2015
  • November 15, 2013: Updated by Will Truax: Added Builder
  • March 17, 2013: Updated by James Baughn: Bridge is doomed
  • May 1, 2012: Updated by Will Truax: Added design engineer
  • September 11, 2011: New photos from Luke Harden
  • September 11, 2011: New Street View added by J.P.
  • October 12, 2008: New photos from David P. Timmins

Sources 

  • David P. Timmins - grumpytimm [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Luke
  • Will Truax - Bridgewright [at] gmail [dot] com
  • James Baughn - webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com
  • Jason Smith - flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com
  • Sewell's Falls Bridge Concord, New Hampshire

Comments 

Sewalls Falls Road Bridge
Posted March 11, 2016, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)
Sewalls Falls Road Bridge
Posted December 12, 2015, by Will Truax (Bridgewright [at] gmail [dot] com)

Your observation is correct Steve, the inset and protruding stones in the fourth and fifth tiers of stonework are coincident with the encased arches in the Woods built double Town which was removed to build the Storrs designed Pratt we know and love. And with the stonework being raised in height for that previous incarnation, these are almost without doubt "Springstones" for those arches.

https://bridgewright.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/sewalls-fal...

I wonder if you might be open to my adding your photo (with accreditation) to my history of the crossing? With it being as much about the stonework and its concurrent loss with the removal of the Sewell's Falls and the predecessor bridges that granite carried.

https://bridgewright.wordpress.com/2015/01/31/swept-away/

Sewalls Falls Road Bridge
Posted December 9, 2015, by Andy Peters (anpete1971 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Bridge being removed and no plans for adaptive re-use.

http://www.theconcordinsider.com/2015/12/08/saying-goodbye-t...

Sewalls Falls Road Bridge
Posted August 25, 2015, by Steve LaBonte (mv_jct [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I have visited this bridge twice this summer of 2015. Work has begun on the approaches. This has brought tree removal that offers a great viewing point from the east side.

My revisit was to get pictures of a feature that I noticed on my last visit but needed a telephoto lens to capture. The center pier looks to have landings for the previous structures arch trusses.

Sewalls Falls Road Bridge
Posted December 3, 2014, by Will Truax (Bridgewright [at] gmail [dot] com)

Closed to traffic as of December 1st

The city has put up a project website > http://www.sewallsfallsbridge.com/project-overview.html

Sewalls Falls Road Bridge
Posted May 17, 2014, by Steven W Lindsey (SteveLindsey60 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Concord solicits proposals to reuse Sewalls Falls Bridge elsewhere.

See: http://www.concordmonitor.com/community/town-by-town/concord...

Sewalls Falls Road Bridge
Posted March 11, 2014, by Jason Smith (JDSmith77 [at] gmx [dot] net)

The fate of this bridge is now officially sealed. Sewalls Falls Bridge to be replaced starting in 2015: http://www.concordmonitor.com/home/11081732-95/council-appro...

Sewalls Falls Road Bridge
Posted February 19, 2014, by Steven W Lindsey (SteveLindsey60 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The local paper, the Concord Monitor, headquarters in its building complex on the east side bank adjacent to this bridge. The Monitor has fought tirelessly to see the bridge replaced.

Sewalls Falls Road Bridge
Posted November 15, 2013, by Will Truax (Bridgewright [at] gmail [dot] com)

It is not maintained by the State, but I take your point, and share in the opinion of whomever made the decision as to placement that it was a disrespectful, silly, and needless choice.

And alluded to that in the caption of that photo, a photo that none the less reveals the name of the bridges builder.

Sewalls Falls Road Bridge
Posted November 15, 2013, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I see the covered up the plaque with a clearance sign. This is evidence of how little its owners care for the history of the bridge. How hard would it be to mount the sign elsewhere on the portal? I see this nonsense all the time in Pennsylvania, I see New Hampshire is no different.

Sewalls Falls Road Bridge
Posted November 15, 2013, by Will Truax (Bridgewright [at] gmail [dot] com)

The Sewall's was briefly closed earlier this week for soil compaction tests, as part of the prep for engineering the new abutments for the replacement span. I took it as a prompt and reminder to get out and shoot some photos.

I added a few of those and the name of the contracted builder to the data page.

With all the bad news surrounding the bridge of late, I thought I'd add this story and its goodtime observations which go to my fondness of and the universal decency always shown by those using one lane bridges, even busy ones.

http://www.theconcordinsider.com/article/sewalls-falls-bridg...

Sewalls Falls Road Bridge
Posted September 16, 2013, by Steven W Lindsey (SteveLindsey60 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Representative Annie Kuster, both Democrats, have come out for demolishing the Sewalls Falls Bridge.

Republican Mitt Romney, as a presidential candidate, condemned a historic span in Hillsboro, NH previously.

Now this has become a bipartisan sport. Existing examples of New Hampshire's civil engineering heritage will continue to bother elected and appointed officials for generations to come. Expect the last historic spans to be targeted by Granite State and national politicians in the upcoming years... Until they are all removed.

See: http://www.concordmonitor.com/news/politics/8476217-95/shahe...

---SWL

Sewalls Falls Road Bridge
Posted January 8, 2013, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Scratch my previous comment. God forbid any truss bridge be preserved. Now they are changing their mind and want to demolish the bridge http://www.concordmonitor.com/home/3632597-95/bridge-roberge...

Sewalls Falls Road Bridge
Posted May 1, 2012, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I was pleasantly surprised to see this bridge is apparently to be rehabbed and become part of a one way couplet. One way couplets are excellent preservation solutions for busier roads needing two lanes. Sadly however, they are rarely actually built. http://www.concordmonitor.com/article/272780/sewalls-falls-p...

Sewalls Falls Road Bridge
Posted October 12, 2007, by Shel Perkins (jnsperkins [at] cox [dot] net)

Here's photos of the Sewall Falls Bridge taken Oct 2, 2007