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New Shoreham Bridge


General View, View Northwest

Photo taken by Aaron Usher for the Historic American Engineering Record

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BH Photo #310588


The New Shoreham Bridge is the earliest intact example of a reinforced concrete T-beam bridge in Rhode Island. Built under the adverse conditions of isolated location, material scarcity due to World War I, and unfavorable weather; the bridge was designed by Clarene Hussey, the first State Bridge Engineer of the Rhode Island State Board of Public Roads and nationally-recognized authority on bridge engineering. It was determined eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places on May 11, 1992 through consensus between the RISHPO and the Federal Highway Administration.

-- Historic American Engineering Record


Lost Concrete tee beam bridge over Harbor Pond on Beach Avenue
Washington County, Rhode Island
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1917; Replaced 1997
- Clarence Hussey (Designer)
Tee beam
Length of largest span: 26.9 ft.
Total length: 27.9 ft.
Deck width: 36.4 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.17884, -71.56607   (decimal degrees)
41°10'44" N, 71°33'58" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/284764/4561784 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Block Island
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
Inventory numbers
RI 1400 (Rhode Island bridge number)
BH 65087 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of April 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 63.3 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • January 6, 2017: Updated by Dave King: Removed street view bridge replaced 1997
  • January 5, 2017: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • December 27, 2014: Added by Dave King