This bridge was built with the intention that Interstate 291 would be extended south and west of I-91 as part of the Metro Hartford Beltway. When these plans were cancelled, there was some talk of demolishing and replacing the Bissell Bridge and downgrading the structure to reduce maintenance costs, however the decision was made to leave the bridge in place. The bridge today does appear to be slightly underutilized but remains busy enough to not seem out of place.
Originally named the Wolcott Bridge, it was renamed the Bissell Bridge in 1960. John Bissell operated a ferry near here earlier. Tolls were removed in 1983 after a toll-booth accident.
- Steel stringer bridge over Connecticut River on Interstate 291
- South Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut
- Open to traffic
- Built 1958; rehabilitated 1993
- Steel stringer
Length of largest span: 120.1 ft.
Total length: 1,682.2 ft.
Deck width: 76.1 ft.
- Also called
- Captain John Bissell Memorial Bridge
- Approximate latitude, longitude
- +41.81320, -72.64475 (decimal degrees)
41°48'48" N, 72°38'41" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
- Approximate UTM coordinates
- 18/695631/4631717 (zone/easting/northing)
- Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
- Inventory numbers
- CT 1431 (Connecticut bridge number)
BH 90014 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- Inspection report (as of December 2017)
- Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 82 (out of 100)
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- July 21, 2020: New photo from Nick Boppel
- Nick Boppel - nickboppel01 [at] gmail [dot] com