Suffield and Thompsonville Bridge

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Suffield and Thompsonville Bridge
Thompsonville-Suffield-Bridge.jpg
Coordinates 41°59′57″N 72°36′25.56″W / 41.99917°N 72.6071000°W / 41.99917; -72.6071000 (Suffield and Thompsonville Bridge)Coordinates: 41°59′57″N 72°36′25.56″W / 41.99917°N 72.6071000°W / 41.99917; -72.6071000 (Suffield and Thompsonville Bridge)
Carries vehicular and pedestrian traffic
Crosses Connecticut River
Locale Suffield, Connecticut to Thompsonville, Connecticut
Characteristics
Design 5-span iron through truss bridge
Total length 1,060 feet (323 m)
History
Construction start August 15, 1892
Construction end January 14, 1893
Opened February 20, 1893
Closed 1971
Statistics
Toll 3¢ for pedestrians
12¢ for single teams
15¢ for double teams
Suffield and Thompsonville Bridge is located in Connecticut
Suffield and Thompsonville Bridge

The Suffield and Thompsonville Bridge was a 5-span iron through truss bridge over the Connecticut River located between present day Suffield, Connecticut and Thompsonville, Connecticut (Enfield). It connected Burbank Avenue in Suffield with Main Street in Thompsonville. Its four stone piers still stand today.

History[edit]

Former bridge piers photographed in 2014

In 1889 the Suffield and Thompsonville Bridge Company was granted a charter to construct an iron bridge across the Connecticut River between Thompsonville and Suffield. The Berlin Iron Bridge Company of Berlin, Connecticut was the contractor for the ironwork, and O.W. Weand of Reading, Pennsylvania was the contractor for the stonework. The first toll-taker was Nathan Hemenway. Tolls were initially three cents for pedestrians, twelve cents for single teams and fifteen cents for double teams.

The Enfield–Suffield Veterans Bridge opened downstream in 1966, and the Suffield and Thompsonville Bridge closed shortly thereafter. The ironwork was removed, but the four piers remain in the river.[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Oglesby, Scott. "Connecticut Route 190". www.kurumi.com. Retrieved 2016-09-28. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Suffield and Thompsonville Bridge at Wikimedia Commons