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Melrose Road Bridge


No Longer Used Iron Bridge Over Scantic River

Photo by Tom Choma

License: Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs (CC BY-ND)

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BH Photo #317611


Street View 


Abandoned lenticular pony truss bridge over Scantic River on an abandoned section of Melrose Rd
East Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut
Built 1888; Abandoned when State Route 140 superceded this portion of Melrose Road
- Berlin Iron Bridge Co. of East Berlin, Connecticut
Lenticular pony truss
Length of largest span: 63.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on August 5, 1999
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.93853, -72.54696   (decimal degrees)
41°56'19" N, 72°32'49" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/703357/4645861 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Broad Brook
Inventory numbers
NRHP 99000922 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 56223 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 26, 2018: New photos from Chester Gehman
  • March 3, 2015: Photo imported by Ian Martin
  • July 2, 2014: Updated by Chester Gehman: Added categories "One-lane traffic", "Pin-connected", "Wrought Iron"
  • June 11, 2014: New photos from Chester Gehman
  • October 7, 2013: New Street View added by J.P.
  • May 12, 2013: Added by James McCray


  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Chester Gehman - gehmanc2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com


Melrose Road Bridge
Posted April 5, 2020, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)


Standard ASSHTO requirements silliness...

However, I think you are looking at this incorrectly. No restoration took place. The preservation aspect is that the original structure was ignored and not interfered with in the opening of the crossing for pedestrian use. Compared with demolition, which was likely considered, this is a relatively benign outcome. Someday, if idiot-proofing to present levels isn't required, the bridge can be restored.


Art S.

Melrose Road Bridge
Posted April 5, 2020, by Chester Gehman (gehmanc2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Acting on Mr. Cunningham's lead, we visited this site recently.I don't like to be critical when it comes to attempts to preserve historic bridges, but this job is pathetic. The bridge and its trusses are totally non-functional; the I-beams rest on abutments several inches above the originals (I know, trail bridges need to be able to support EMT vehicles, but they could be less obtrusive.) And a good paint job is needed. What a shame.

Melrose Road Bridge
Posted April 4, 2020, by Matthew G Cunningham (Mgccunning [at] aol [dot] com)

It looks like this has been replaced with a new walking bridge.