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Charter Oak Bridge


Charter Oak Bridge


Photo taken by Wikimedia Commons user Polaron in June 2007

License: Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike (CC BY-SA)


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BH Photo #476744


This bridge is perhaps one of the most important bridges on the Connecticut River and the single most important bridge in Metro Hartford. The unsigned "East Hartford Bypass" that this bridge carries serves as a critical link for NYC-bound traffic from the Interstate 84 corridor northeast of Hartford to access Interstate 91 south to either the Merritt Parkway or Interstate 95, without having to enter the central business district of Hartford and navigate the tight ramps of the I-84/I-91 interchange, which up until recently was not even fully complete with all movements.

The original bridge at this location was a toll bridge of a similar design, operated by the now-defunct Greater Hartford Bridge Authority. Tolls on the bridge and other nearby bridges were removed and the GHBA was abolished shortly after tolls on the Connecticut Turnpike were removed in 1985, following a fatal accident at the Stratford Toll Plaza.


Steel stringer bridge over Connecticut River on CT 15/US 5 (East Hartford Bypass)
Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut
Open to traffic
Built 1991 to replace previous toll bridge of similar design
Steel stringer
Length of largest span: 305.1 ft.
Total length: 3,372.2 ft. (0.6 mi.)
Deck width: 60.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.75317, -72.65403   (decimal degrees)
41°45'11" N, 72°39'15" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/695043/4625031 (zone/easting/northing)
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
Inventory number
BH 90015 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 90 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

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  • July 21, 2020: New photo from Nick Boppel

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