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Saugatuck River Bridge


Photo taken by Doug Kerr


BH Photo #178105

Street View 


Only manually operated swing truss in Connecticut. Rare surviving example of first generation movable iron bridge.

-- Historic American Engineering Record


Swing through truss bridge over Saugatuck River on CT 136 in Westport
Westport, Fairfield County, Connecticut
Open to traffic
Built 1884 by the Union Bridge Co.; rehabilitated 1993
- Union Bridge Co. of Buffalo, New York & Athens, Pennsylvania
Swing Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 69.9 ft.
Total length: 287.1 ft.
Deck width: 19.4 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 12.9 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on February 12, 1987
Also called
William F. Cribari Memorial Bridge (official name)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.12272, -73.36903   (decimal degrees)
41°07'22" N, 73°22'09" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/636915/4553662 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Sherwood Point
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
Inventory numbers
CT 1349 (Connecticut bridge number)
NRHP 87000126 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 12086 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 40 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • January 30, 2021: New photos from Patrick Gurwell
  • February 9, 2017: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • February 6, 2017: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • December 10, 2015: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • February 28, 2015: HAER photos posted by James Baughn
  • August 24, 2013: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • March 17, 2011: New Street View added by J.P.
  • September 22, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Added Pedimented portal bracing to Categories.
  • September 19, 2010: New photos from Doug Kerr


  • Doug Kerr
  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Wikipedia
  • Douglas Butler
  • HAER CT-46 - Saugatuck River Bridge, Spanning Saugatuck River at Route 136, Westport, Fairfield County, CT
  • Patrick Gurwell - pgurwell [at] gmail [dot] com


Saugatuck River Bridge
Posted October 3, 2015, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)
Saugatuck River Bridge
Posted September 13, 2015, by ArtS
Saugatuck River Bridge
Posted September 13, 2015, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)