Joseph E. Muller Bridge

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Joseph E. Muller Bridge
IMG 3846-Joseph E. Muller Bridge.jpg
Coordinates 42°12′58″N 72°36′28″W / 42.21611°N 72.60778°W / 42.21611; -72.60778Coordinates: 42°12′58″N 72°36′28″W / 42.21611°N 72.60778°W / 42.21611; -72.60778
Carries US 202
Crosses Connecticut River
Locale South Hadley, Hampshire County to Holyoke, Massachusetts, Hampden County; Massachusetts
Maintained by Massachusetts Highway Department
ID number H210350VPMHDNBI
Design multi-stringer Girder and Floorbeam system
Material Steel
Total length 440.1 metres (1,444 ft)
Width 19.2 metres (63 ft)
No. of spans 7
Load limit 52 Metric Tons
Opened 1958
Daily traffic 21,000 (2005)
Joseph E. Muller Bridge is located in Massachusetts
Joseph E. Muller Bridge
Joseph E. Muller Bridge
Location in Massachusetts

The Joseph E. Muller Bridge is a crossing of the Connecticut River in Western Massachusetts, connecting the communities of Holyoke and South Hadley. The bridge carries U.S. Route 202 (US 202).

History and construction of the bridge[edit]

The bridge was constructed in 1958 as part of a new bypass of U.S. Route 202 (Purple Heart Drive). The bypass was built in anticipation of increased traffic through downtown Holyoke heading towards South Hadley from Interstate 91, which was under construction at the time. Prior to the construction of the bridge, Route 202 used the nearby South Hadley Falls bridge (Vietnam Memorial Bridge) to cross the Connecticut River.

The bridge was named as a memorial to Holyoke native Joseph E. Muller, a recipient of the Medal of Honor.

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