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NH - Berkshire Division Merritt Parkway Bridge

Photos 

View To Rocky Hill Road Rail-Bed Bridge

Photo taken for the Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #289137

Map 

Street View 

Description 

Plate girder bridge that would have carried the Bridgeport-Botsford portion of the NYNH&H Berkshire Division (original Housatonic Railroad). Immediately after the bridge's construction, the line south of Stepney was abandoned, and it's said that the only train to ever cross the bridge was the one the scrap train. The bridge remains intact and will likely be used by a future southern extension of the Pequonnock Valley Greenway, which occupies the railbed north of Trumbull.

Facts 

Overview
Abandoned pony/through plate girder bridge over Merritt Parkway on NYNH&H Berkshire Division (abandoned)
Location
Trumbull, Fairfield County, Connecticut
Status
Derelict/abandoned
Future prospects
Will likely become part of the southern extension of the Pequonnock Valley Greenway
History
Built 1935, line abandoned 1940.
Builder
- McClintic-Marshall Co. of Chicago, Illinois & Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Railroads
- Housatonic Railroad (HRRC)
- New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad (NH)
Design
Pony plate girder
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 80.1 ft.
Total length: 91.9 ft.
Deck width: 11.5 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.23632, -73.18642   (decimal degrees)
41°14'11" N, 73°11'11" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/651982/4566576 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Bridgeport
Inventory numbers
CT 751 (Connecticut bridge number)
BH 61895 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of February 2016)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 17 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • July 24, 2014: New Street View added by Ian Martin

Sources 

  • Ian Martin
  • Railroad.net Forum
  • HAER CT-56 - Merritt Parkway, Rocky Hill Road Bridge, Spanning Merritt Parkway at 32.54 mile mark, Trumbull, Fairfield County, CT