|Charles J. Arrigoni Bridge|
|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)|
|Width||44.9 ft (13.7 m)|
|Longest span||2 × 660 feet (200 m)|
|Clearance below||89 ft (27.1 m)|
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Charles J. Arrigoni Bridge at Structurae
- 2005 State of Connecticut Department of Transportation Traffic Volumes State Maintained Highway Network Traffic Log (pdf)
- McDougall, Robert W., Portland, p 7, Arcadia Publishing, 2004, ISBN 978-0-7385-3642-2, retrieved via Google Books on January 16, 2009
- The Hartford Courant, April 25, 2007, Middlesex County Advertising Supplement, page 7
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