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Merimack River Hannah Dustin Drive Bridge

Photos 

Looking NE

Photo taken by Royce and Bobette Haley in May 2015

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BH Photo #334077

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Description 

Dimensions are estimates. USGS map-Penacook, NH Quadrangle shows the bridge there in 1925.

Facts 

Overview
Two through truss spans over Merrimack River on Hannah Dustin Drive
Location
Merrimack County, New Hampshire
Status
Removed but not replaced
Design
Through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 173.0 ft.
Total length: 500.0 ft.
Deck width: 30.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.28918, -71.58945   (decimal degrees)
43°17'21" N, 71°35'22" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/289926/4796184 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 68766 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 19, 2016: Updated by Luke: Added link to postcard showing the bridge
  • August 2, 2015: Added by Royce and Bobette Haley

Sources 

  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Lost Bridges - Image
  • Luke

Comments 

Merimack River Hannah Dustin Drive Bridge
Posted March 19, 2016, by Thomas R Engel (Thosengel [at] gmail [dot] com)

I saw this old bridge in 1965 on a family trip and was struck by the rest of the bridge's being in place with the westernmost span missing; one doesn't see that sort of thing often. In 1992 I got to stay overnight at someone's farm not far away and checked the bridge out: yes, the spans were still there. A local told me that the westernmost span had collapsed under a too-heavy truck (I thought he told me this happened in 1949!) and the span had never been replaced and the other spans were just blocked off and left in place. The bridge was one-way, traffic in the other direction used a bridge further north. By the late 1990's the remaining spans were rather messily removed. Somewhere I have slides showing this bridge in 1992.

Merimack River Hannah Dustin Drive Bridge
Posted August 3, 2015, by Ian Martin

Here's what I could find:

Looks like a two-span through truss that became obsolete when the first US 4 bridge opened upstream in 1959 (that bridge was later replaced in 2005). It likely never carried US 4, as that route stayed west of the river through Penacook prior to I-93's construction. However "Hannah Dustin Drive" is likely a newer street name and likely wouldn't have been applicable to this bridge. More likely, it might have served as an extension of Commercial Street from Penacook into Boyce. It appears that the western span was demolished after the new bridge opened in 1959, but the eastern span remained through the 1990s.