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Laroque Bridge


1. View Down Roadway

Photo taken August 1990 by Bridge Hill Studio for the Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #222481


Street View 


This bridge is typical of the engineering practice of the early 20th Century. By that time, two basic truss designs Warren and Pratt had replaced the variety of types which characterized the 19th Century. Riveted construction was almost universal. In the heaviness of its members and concrete slab floor, the bridge reflects the growing use of automobiles and trucks in the 1920s. This truss is identical to the standard bridges built in the late 1920s except that it uses built-up members instead of rolled I-beams. These members cost more but were lighter than equivalent rolled sections. Like most flood-era bridges, built in late 1920s it has a curved top chord. Though more costly to fabricate, curved chords saved money in heavy-service bridges like this relatively long and wide concrete decked span, since the truss has extra depth only in the middle where it was needed to counter bending forces. McClintic-Marshall Company was a Pennsylvania based fabricator which advertised heavily for New England business in the 1920s. This Company built the Bath bridge in Maine as well as four other Vermont bridges.

-- Historic American Engineering Record


Lost pony truss bridge over New Haven River on VT 116 in Bristol
Addison County, Vermont
Bridge has been demolished and replaced with a 2 span steel stringer
Built 1925 by the McClintic-Marshall Co.; Damaged by flooding 2007 ; Demolished 2014
- McClintic-Marshall Co. of Chicago, Illinois & Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Polygonal Warren pony truss
Length of largest span: 103.0 ft.
Total length: 107.0 ft.
Deck width: 18.7 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.09749, -73.09348   (decimal degrees)
44°05'51" N, 73°05'37" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/652604/4884468 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
South Mountain
Average daily traffic (as of 2012)
Inventory number
BH 33923 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of May 2017)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 97 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • September 29, 2014: Updated by Michael Quiet: Bridge has been demolished and replaced.
  • December 27, 2011: Photos imported by James Baughn
  • September 9, 2011: New Street View added by J.P.
  • September 15, 2006: Posted HAER photos


  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • HAER VT-21 - Laroque Bridge, Spanning New Haven River at State Route 116, Bristol, Addison County, VT
  • Michael Quiet - mquiet [at] gmail [dot] com


Laroque Bridge
Posted September 9, 2011, by J.P.

bridge has had a bailey truss inserted in side the trusses of the original bridge for support.