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NH - West Branch Farmington River Bridge

Photos 

The bridge & "Dugway" after the waters receded.

The bridge actually survived the 1955 flood but the roadbed was washed out around it and never returned to service. It was cut up for scrap a few years later.

Photo taken by Chester Gehman August 1955

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BH Photo #389931

Street View 

Description 

Light, pin-connected three-span skewed Pratt truss on the former NH&N New Hartford Branch. A combination of 1955 flood damage to the roadbed south of here and declining traffic forced the line's abandonment past Collinsville within a year of the flood. The south abutment still stands adjacent to US 44.

An NYNH&H Bridge Capacity List identifies this bridge has having been built in 1879, with two 140' spans and one 108' span.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over West Branch Farmington River & US 44 on NH New Hartford Branch in New Hartford.
Location
New Hartford, Litchfield County, Connecticut
Status
Destroyed by flooding
History
Built 1879; removed following 1955 flood damage
Railroads
- New Haven & Northampton Railroad (NH&N)
- New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad (NH)
Design
Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 140.0 ft.
Total length: 388.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.87823, -72.97347   (decimal degrees)
41°52'42" N, 72°58'24" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/668156/4638241 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
New Hartford
Inventory number
BH 65251 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 23, 2022: Updated by Ian Martin: Added dimensions and build year
  • May 10, 2020: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • May 12, 2017: New photo from Chester Gehman
  • January 3, 2015: New Street View added by Ian Martin

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