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Gold Star Memorial Bridge

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Gold Star Memorial Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: August 27, 2019

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Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
I-95 Northbound Over Thames River and Various Roads and Railroads
Location
New London and Groton: New London County, Connecticut: United States
Structure Type
Metal Continuous Bolt-Connected Warren Deck Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal Continuous (Straight Chords) 10 Panel Rivet-Connected Warren Deck Truss, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1943 By Builder/Contractor: Harris Structural Steel Company of New York, New York
Rehabilitation Date
1975
Main Span Length
540.0 Feet (164.6 Meters)
Structure Length
5,931.4 Feet (1807.9 Meters)
Roadway Width
80 Feet (24.38 Meters)
Spans
11 Main Span(s) and 20 Approach Span(s)
Inventory Number
3819

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This bridge has been altered, resulting in a severe loss of historic integrity and significance!

Bridge Status: The main spans of this bridge were replaced but the approach spans remain original.

This is a large deck truss that today is only significant for its surviving original approach spans. It is today paired with a modern truss dating to 1973. The main spans of the historic bridge appear to date to 1975, likely a project begun after completion of the 1973 bridge. An unusual coincidence is that this bridge sits next to a railroad bridge with the same alteration: replacement of the main span. This bridge is somewhat unusual as it is a large steel bridge completed during World War II. It is likely it was considered strategically important at the time as this would have been a major crossing, even though it predates the Interstate Highway System.

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