|Crosses||Connecticut River, I-91|
|Official name||Founders Bridge|
|Maintained by||Connecticut Department of Transportation |
|Design||Stringer/multibeam or girder|
|Total length||1175 ft (358.1 m)|
|Width||86.0 ft (26.2 m)|
|Clearance below||49 ft (15 m)|
|Opened||December 23, 1957|
The Founders Bridge is one of the three highway bridges over the Connecticut River in Hartford, Connecticut. The steel stringer bridge carries the Route 2 expressway, and also crosses over Interstate 91 (which runs parallel to the river). As of 2013[update] the bridge had an average daily traffic of 29,200.
In 1950, the Bulkeley Bridge upstream was very congested with traffic, primarily because it was the only bridge that led to downtown Hartford, so it was planned to build a bridge just downstream, called the State Street Bridge. In 1955 they renamed this planned bridge as the Founders Bridge. In the same year, the Greater Hartford Bridge Authority was created to help with this bridge's planning, along with the Putnam Bridge and the Bissel Bridge. The bridge opened on December 27, 1957 and put under the designation as CT 2. Tolls were removed about the time the bridge was connected to I-91 and I-84. In the late-1980s the bridge was considered to be rebuilt to accompany a riverfront plaza being planned in the area. This led the state to re-build in bridge in 1994 to add lanes, a large sidewalk, and path connections to East Hartford and Hartford. In 2001, a walkway was completed to link the path across Columbus Boulevard to Constitution Plaza.
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