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Pine Creek Park Bridge

Photos 

Overview

Photo taken by James McCray in June 2013

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BH Photo #264618

Facts 

Overview
Pratt pony truss bridge over Pine Creek on a pedestrian path in Pine Creek Park
Location
Fairfield, Fairfield County, Connecticut
Status
Open to pedestrians
History
Built as an approach span to an 1872 drawbridge in Middletown, it was re-used in 1890 to carry Mill Hill Road in Fairfield over the tracks of the New Haven Railroad. In 1979, the bridge was relocated to its current location.
Builders
- Jacob H. Linville of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- Keystone Bridge Co. of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Design
As per http://www.past-inc.org/historic-bridges/metal-pinecreek.html:
Its compression members are octagonal columns patented by the Keystone Bridge Company of Pittsburgh. The Keystone column consists of four rolled segments riveted together through cylindrical spacers. Because the spacers are graduated in length, the columns are thicker in the middle than at the ends. According to the company, this gap allowed the interior of the column to be inspected; in some of their bridges, the gap was used to allow diagonal tie rods to pass through the uprights without the need for special fixtures. Principally, however, the gap represented an easy way to make a tapered wrought-iron column that was similar to the cast-iron columns the company had used in bridges like Riverside Avenue.
Dimensions
Total length: 54.0 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on April 8, 1992
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.12584, -73.26197   (decimal degrees)
41°07'33" N, 73°15'43" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/645895/4554182 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Westport
Inventory numbers
NRHP 92000263 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 49745 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 15, 2021: New photos from Patrick Gurwell
  • August 26, 2013: New photos from James McCray
  • September 28, 2011: Added by James McCray

Sources 

  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Wikipedia
  • Wayback Machine
  • Patrick Gurwell - pgurwell [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

Pine Creek Park Bridge
Posted June 18, 2021, by Chester Gehman (gehmanc2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Nathan--

Pine Creek Park Bridge was definitely a Keystone Bridge. I only referred to it to illustrate that Keystone was a presence in Connecticut at that time. I still believe the evidence is on the side of Keystone being the fabricator of the Riverside Avenue Bridge. We can all agree more research is needed.

Pine Creek Park Bridge
Posted June 18, 2021, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Was the builder in question on this one? This bridge has patented Keystone Columns so I don't think there is a mystery here.

Pine Creek Park Bridge
Posted June 18, 2021, by Art S. (Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Chet,

There is no question that this one is Keystone Bridge Co. I have a picture of it in its original location.

Regards,

Art S.

Pine Creek Park Bridge
Posted March 30, 2016, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)