Mystic River Bascule Bridge
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|Mystic River Bascule Bridge|
Facing west on the bridge
|Official name||Mystic River Bascule Bridge|
|Total length||218 ft (66 m)|
|Width||85 ft (26 m)|
|Designer||Thomas Ellis Brown|
|Constructed by||J. E. FitzGerald Construction Company|
The Mystic River Bascule Bridge is a bascule bridge spanning the Mystic River in Mystic, Connecticut in the United States. It carries vehicle and foot traffic directly into the tourist district of town via 33 ft-wide (10 m) Main Street (U.S. Route 1).
The Strauss Heel-trunnion type bridge was designed by former Otis Elevator Company Chief Engineer Thomas Ellis Brown of New York and built in 1920 by the J. E. FitzGerald Construction Company of New London, Connecticut, according to its historical marker. Its movable span is 85 ft (26 m) wide, 218 ft (66 m) long, weighs 660 short tons (589 long tons; 599 t), and employs two 230 short tons (205 long tons; 209 t) concrete-filled counterweights. Until 1928, the bridge carried streetcars of the Groton and Stonington Street Railway.
It is operated by the Connecticut Department of Transportation and offers and opens for approximately five minutes around 2,200 times per year, carrying an average daily traffic of 11,800. Driven by two 1,400 pounds (640 kg) 40 horsepower (30 kW) direct current motors, its span is greased and inspected every 100 openings or two weeks during the winter. From May 1 to October 31 the bridge opens hourly during daylight at 40 minutes past the hour and on demand.
- List of bascule bridges
- List of bridges documented by the Historic American Engineering Record in Connecticut
- List of movable bridges in Connecticut
- Media related to Mystic River Bascule Bridge at Wikimedia Commons
- Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) No. CT-174, "Mystic River Bridge, Spanning Mystic River at U.S. Route 1, Groton, New London County, CT", 23 photos, 14 data pages, 3 photo caption pages
- Webcam showing bascule bridge in Mystic