Arrigoni Bridge

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Charles J. Arrigoni Bridge
IMG 4116 Arrigoni Bridge.jpg
Coordinates 41°34′09″N 72°38′55″W / 41.56917°N 72.64861°W / 41.56917; -72.64861Coordinates: 41°34′09″N 72°38′55″W / 41.56917°N 72.64861°W / 41.56917; -72.64861
Carries Route 66 / Route 17
Crosses Connecticut River and Route 9
Locale Middletown and Portland, Connecticut
Maintained by Connecticut Department of Transportation
Design Through arch bridge
Total length 3428.1 ft (1044.85 m)[1]
Width 44.9 ft (13.7 m)[1]
Longest span 2 × 660 feet (200 m)[1]
Clearance below 89 ft (27.1 m)
Construction begin 1936[1]
Construction end 1938
Opened 1938
Daily traffic 33,600
Charles J. Arrigoni Bridge is located in Connecticut
Charles J. Arrigoni Bridge
Charles J. Arrigoni Bridge
Location in Connecticut

The Arrigoni Bridge carries Route 66 and Route 17 over Route 9 and across the Connecticut River, connecting Middletown, Connecticut to Portland, Connecticut. The bridge has an average daily traffic of 33,600.[2]


In 1895, the first non-railroad bridge between Middletown and Portland was built, but that and the earlier railroad bridge connecting the two communities were heavily damaged by flooding in 1936.[3]

Constructed from 1936 to 1938, when it opened in 1938 the Arrigoni Bridge was the most expensive bridge, costing $3.5 million. With two 600 feet (180 m) steel arches, the bridge is still the longest of its kind in Connecticut. In 1938, the Arrigoni Bridge won the American Institute of Steel Construction's first prize of "Most Beautiful Steel Bridge" in the large bridge category.[4]

The bridge is somewhat of an icon and landmark in the area and is also a marker of where the water begins to freeze in the river (as south of this point the tides are able to bring enough salt water north to keep the water from freezing over.) It was named after the state legislator who promoted the project, Charles J. Arrigoni, and was designed by William G. Grove of the American Bridge Company and Leslie G. Sumner of the State Highway Department.

Award plaque
From a commemorative booklet entitled "The Middletown-Portland Bridge" August 61938. Click the image for the accompanying text.
Portland Passenger Bridge over the Connecticut River; no longer in existence

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Charles J. Arrigoni Bridge at Structurae
  2. ^ 2005 State of Connecticut Department of Transportation Traffic Volumes State Maintained Highway Network Traffic Log (pdf)
  3. ^ McDougall, Robert W., Portland, p 7, Arcadia Publishing, 2004, ISBN 978-0-7385-3642-2, retrieved via Google Books on January 16, 2009
  4. ^ The Hartford Courant, April 25, 2007, Middlesex County Advertising Supplement, page 7

External links[edit]

Arrigoni Bridge Live Webcam