Opened for traffic in 1909, this bridge is New Hampshire's only surviving example of a threespan High Pratt truss bridge. Rename the Lilac Bridge in 1997.
Photo taken by David P. Timmins
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$3.3 Million spent here instead of fixing the abysmal traffic flow between East Hooksett and the highway on-ramp. College Park Drive, Main Street, West River Road and Hackett Hill intersections could have all benefitted from $3.3 million in safety improvements.
Its a modern welded truss bridge. It was going to be ugly no matter what they did. The variants in appearance are just a little icing on the cake. They got exactly what they asked for: a modern, non-historic truss bridge. Those come with an automatic extra-strength dose of UGLY. If they didn't want that, they should have preserved what they had, or relocated and preserved a different historic bridge, or if for some reason they were insistent on all-new construction, they could have contacted Bach Steel for fabrication of a true replica riveted truss bridge.
Update on the bicycle bridge project.
December 15. 2017 12:10AM
Hooksett pedestrian bridge work wrappping up for winter
By Melissa Proulx
Union Leader Correspondent
HOOKSETT — Work on the new pedestrian bridge in town will wrap up for the winter, even while a solution to mismatched sections of the bridge is still being sought.
Town Administrator Dean Shankle said work will shut down for the winter once crews finish installing the sewer line. Some of the work will include finishing off the walkway and installing the waterline.
The northern span of the new Lilac Bridge is a different shape than the other two. The steel beams, in general, are thinner and the diagonal ones go in the opposite direction of the ones on the other two spans. There also appears to be a height difference between the spans.
Work was temporarily halted when officials became aware of the difference. Though work started up again, an escrow account was created back in October.
“...When the resolution comes to terms and everybody agrees, then we can issue the payments,” said Finance Director Christine Soucie.
Over the last few months, Shankle has been working to find a solution to the problem.
“We were hoping to have more info back on what the cost would be to make it so it’s all the same size,” Shankle said. “We don’t have those numbers yet.”
The new footbridge will cross the Merrimack River and mirror the shape of the former Lilac Bridge. It will connect Merrimack Street to Riverside Drive near Robie’s Country Store. In all, the entire project is expected to cost about $3.3 million.
This will delay the opening of the bridge as well, which was supposed to be sometime in December. Shankle said work on the bridge should resume in the spring.
Shankle said he has been in touch with the engineering company — Dubois & King, Inc. out of Laconia — about the mismatching pieces, and was told the span was built according to standard processes.
The engineering firm was the one that got the final renderings of the bridge from the design company. Shankle said town officials have also been in touch with that company, who said it was built according to standard process.
Town councilors said that something should be done to fix the problem.
“We don’t want the bridge to be a trivia question for the next 100 years,” said Councilor Marc Miville.
My letter to the Union Leader making light of the selectmen's dilemma.
November 05. 2017 11:39PM
Live with it, Hooksett
To the Editor: So Hooksett officials are squawking and balking over their new bicycle bridge. They don’t think the north span fits in with the other two spans.
Live with it. History is not on their side. The original Lilac Bridge, a heritage bridge, lost a south span to the Flood of ‘36. It was replaced with a slightly different looking span. Nobody carped then. They were made of sterner stuff.
Does the new bicycle bridge look ridiculous? A little, when one considers the grace and beauty of the original demolished. But this is the appropriate result of a bum decision.
Dissident opinions surface with the new bicycle bridge replacing the heritage span. http://www.unionleader.com/article/20171110/OPINION04/171119...
Town selectman disappointed with new bridge. Said it looks a lot different than what the sales representative promised. http://www.unionleader.com/Hooksett/Lilac-Bridge-constructio...
Update. Hooksett town officials upset over design of replacement bicycle bridge, noting North Span differs from other two. They are not apparently students of history or they would have known the Storis designed bridge lost a span during the Flood of 36, and the replacement looked slightly different. The bicycle bridge is seen by many as the culmination of their years of public service and is a source of pride.
I'm feeling nauseous...
Another success for New Hampshire's war on the legacy of John Storrs. With this we're pretty much down to the Anna Hunt, which will be coming up for replacement in the next few years http://bridgehunter.com/nh/cheshire/12500410004000/
Given how things are going I'm getting much less optimistic about the possibility of preservation.
This is a loss on several other levels, as an increasingly rare multi-span through truss, a rare product of the American Bridge/United Bridge duo, and as a survivor (2/3rds anyways) of the flood of 1936.
A long but incredibly thorough and comprehensive study of the bridge, including a looks at John Williams Storrs (increasingly rare) work.
Also fascinating to find out that its immediate predecessor was a Briggs Truss
Article on the sale of the Lilac Bridge and the new bridge proposal: http://thebridgehunter.areavoices.com/2016/04/04/lilac-bridg... Bland and tasteless replacement if you ask me...... ;-P
I somehow missed this, (The Banner is a free weekly handed out at Hooksett area markets) or I would've shared it here. I lived in town as a boy, and this bridge is among my earliest memories.
It's been a bad run of news for the remaining Storrs spans of late.
That's nuts! That thing is newer and probably stronger than the Lambertville - New Hope bridge.
Can Nels fix it less than the scrap and replace price?
$11.5 million to rehab this noteworthy historic bridge and only $3.3 million to reduce it to scrap metal and replace it? Were they planning on painting the rehabilitated bridge in 24 carat gold?!
Town council voted to remove it and replace it with a pedestrian / utility bridge. It is in danger of collapsing into the Merrimack River.
you need to show a picture so i can see what it looks like so i can do my project