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East Washington Avenue Bridge


View Northwest Of South Elevation

Photo taken by Robert C. Stewart for the Historic American Engineering Record

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BH Photo #282009

Street View 


The history of the East Washington Avenue Bridge is consequential in two areas. As a bridge it represents an early phase in the evolution of Strauss Bascule Bridge Company designs and embodies two of Joseph Strauss' major patents. It has transitional aspects, electrically operated but possessing a complete, manually operated mechanical backup system and a manually operated auxiliary brake. Secondarily, the bridge site and surrounding neighborhood were the location of industries that developed and expanded the innovative production technology known as the "American System of Manufacturing." The bridge served a dynamic historic industrial neighborhood in an era when United States firms rose to a dominant position in world markets.

-- Historic American Engineering Record


Bascule bridge over Pequonnock River on East Washington Avenue in Bridgeport
Bridgeport, Fairfield County, Connecticut
Open to traffic
Built 1916; rehabilitated 1998
- Strauss Bascule Bridge Co. of Chicago, Illinois
Bascule Deck plate girder
Length of largest span: 90.9 ft.
Total length: 229.0 ft.
Deck width: 44.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.18605, -73.18863   (decimal degrees)
41°11'10" N, 73°11'19" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/651913/4560991 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2018)
Inventory numbers
CT 4252 (Connecticut bridge number)
BH 12050 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of May 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 80.6 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • November 30, 2015: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • April 17, 2014: HAER photos posted by James Baughn
  • October 7, 2013: New Street View added by J.P.


  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • HAER CT-154 - East Washington Avenue Bridge, Spanning Pequonnock River at East Washington Avenue, Bridgeport, Fairfield County, CT
  • Douglas Butler


East Washington Avenue Bridge
Posted July 16, 2014, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

For reasons that elude me, the SHPO agreed that the work done on this bridge in 1998 was a "rehabilitation" although I would disagree. The entire superstructure was demolished and replaced (and note the UGLY modern railings that replaced the originals), and the approach spans were reconfigured. They did maintain the operational design of the bridge meaning it still operates to a Strauss design meaning you have a second trunnion for the counterweight... which is interesting since it was a style that hadn't been built for 60 years... so as a replica of a mechanical design its interesting, but I have trouble calling it rehabiliation... or even replication given that things like railings, rivets, etc, would not be found on the bridge today.