Founders Bridge

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Founders Bridge
Founders Bridge, Hartford CT.jpg
Founders Bridge
Coordinates 41°45′56.32″N 72°39′55.57″W / 41.7656444°N 72.6654361°W / 41.7656444; -72.6654361Coordinates: 41°45′56.32″N 72°39′55.57″W / 41.7656444°N 72.6654361°W / 41.7656444; -72.6654361
Carries Route 2
Crosses Connecticut River, I-91
Locale Hartford, Connecticut
Official name Founders Bridge
Maintained by Connecticut Department of Transportation [1]
Characteristics
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)
History
Opened December 23, 1957
Founders Bridge is located in Connecticut
Founders Bridge
Founders Bridge
Location in Connecticut

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 the bridge had an average daily traffic of 29,200.[1]

One of the centerpieces of Hartford's Riverfront Recapture project, it features a wide pedestrian promenade and access to the rest of the riverfront park area as well as to Constitution Plaza.[2]

The bridge makes up a section of the East Coast Greenway, a 3,000 mile long system of trails connecting Calais,Maine to Key West, Florida.

History[edit]

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.[3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "2013 Route_2.xlsx" (PDF). State of Connecticut Department of Transportation. 2013. Retrieved 2016-06-03. 
  2. ^ "RIVERFRONT PARKS". Riverfront Recapture. Archived from the original on 2007-01-01. Retrieved 2007-01-25. 
  3. ^ Oglesby, Scott. "The Founders Bridge". www.kurumi.com. Retrieved 2016-09-28.