Providence & Worcester railroad bridge

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Providence & Worcester bridge at Middletown
IMG 4123 Providence and Worcester bridge.jpg
Coordinates 41°34′00″N 72°38′52″W / 41.56667°N 72.64778°W / 41.56667; -72.64778Coordinates: 41°34′00″N 72°38′52″W / 41.56667°N 72.64778°W / 41.56667; -72.64778
Crosses Connecticut River
Locale Middletown, Connecticut to Portland, Connecticut
Maintained by ConnDOT[1]
Design rail swing truss bridge
Clearance below 25 ft (7.62 m)
Providence & Worcester railroad bridge is located in Connecticut
Providence & Worcester railroad bridge

The Providence and Worcester Railroad Bridge is a swing truss bridge crossing the Connecticut River in Middletown, Connecticut. It carried the New York and Boston Air Line Railroad over the river to Portland, Connecticut. The bridge is used by the Providence & Worcester Railroad to serve two customers in Portland. Since the bridge is usually left open, it may appear inactive.[citation needed] However, trains regularly cross the river carrying paper products and demolition debris.[citation needed] It is visible from Route 9.

The bridge was featured prominently in the video for the 1993 Billy Joel hit "The River of Dreams". Joel and three backup singers appear throughout the video standing on the western span of the bridge, with the open center section of the bridge behind them.

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  1. ^ e-mail from Stanley C. Juber, ConnDOT