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Arrigoni Bridge


Arrigoni Bridge

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Steel through arch bridge over Connecticut River on CT 66 in Middletown
Middletown, Middlesex County, Connecticut
Open to traffic
Built 1938; rehabilitated 1994
- American Bridge Co. of New York (Builder)
- Leslie G. Sumner (State Highway Department Engineer)
- Robinson & Steinman of New York, New York (Consulting Engineers)
- William G. Grove (Engineer For American Bridge Company)
Steel through arch
Length of largest span: 600.1 ft.
Total length: 3,428.3 ft. (0.6 mi.)
Deck width: 44.9 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.0 ft.
Also called
The Middletown-Portland Bridge (original name)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.56896, -72.64853   (decimal degrees)
41°34'08" N, 72°38'55" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/696058/4604590 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory numbers
CT 524 (Connecticut bridge number)
BH 12142 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of January 2017)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 29.4 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • August 29, 2022: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • July 18, 2020: New photo from Nick Boppel
  • July 23, 2019: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added builder.
  • June 14, 2019: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • June 19, 2017: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • June 15, 2014: Updated by Don Morrison: added original name before being named for Charles J. Arrigoni to alternate names list
  • January 26, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added city.
  • March 23, 2012: Photos imported by James Baughn
  • March 19, 2011: Updated by J.P.: updated location

Related Bridges 



Arrigoni Bridge
Posted November 21, 2019, by Chester Gehman (gehmanc2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

According to the book "Connecticut's Historic Highway Bridges" published by Connecticut DOT, the Arrigoni Bridge was named for the legislator who promoted the project, and was designed by Leslie G. Summer of the State Highway Department and William G. Grove of the American Bridge Company. The New York firm of Robinson and Steinman served as consulting engineers. Bethlehem Steel Company was the actual fabricator. The only relationship between American Bridge Company and the Arrigoni Bridge appears to be through Mr. Grove himself.

Arrigoni Bridge
Posted November 21, 2019, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I am not sure but I think the confusion might be because Grove changed jobs often. I find references to Grove being with American Bridge but they predate this bridge. Later, after the Arrigoni Bridge was built it seems Grove became an employee of the Connecticut State Highway Department. Any input or corrections to my findings are welcome.

Arrigoni Bridge
Posted November 21, 2019, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Can anyone explain why American Bridge is listed for this bridge, and why William G. Grove is listed as an engineer for the American Bridge Company?

The plaque on this bridge states that the superstructure contractor was Bethlehem Steel Company and the following news article states that William G. Grove worked for Robinson and Steinman... which to me makes more sense because Robinson and Steinman is not named on the plaque, and I was trying to figure out how Robinson and Steinman had a role in designing the bridge and if the below article is correct, Grove is the connection to the company. Its weird that Grove is named on the plaque rather than the firm he worked for.


Arrigoni Bridge
Posted July 23, 2019, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Although not the focus of this article, read thru it and you will learn that this bridge (which currently has unaltered original railing) is going to be visually ruined by the addition of 8 foot high fencing.


Arrigoni Bridge
Posted December 28, 2008, by Travis Kelley (travlark [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Snapped this picture of the Arrigoni Bridge in Middletown in late 2007.

Connecticut River Bridge
Posted September 5, 2007, by Howard Shubs (howard [at] shubs [dot] net)

Name: Arrigoni Bridge

Won an award for its looks.