This bridge is an example of a metal truss bridge in Connecticut built during the period of state standard plans for bridges. Just like bridges built in the 19th Century had a design and appearance that was associated with the design of a specific bridge company, many bridges built in the 20th Century have a design and appearance instead associated with the design of a specific highway agency and/or state. Connecticut appears to have had a standard design for truss bridges used in the 1930s that was a polygonal Warren through truss with extensive use built-up beams containing lacing. With a 1953 construction date, this bridge is a rather nice looking bridge for its age, and indeed looks more like the bridges built in the 1930s. However it varies from the standard design found in the 1930s Connecticut truss bridges by displaying a Parker truss configuration. Built-up beams with v-lacing and lattice were on their way out in the 1950s, so the fact that this bridge has extensive examples of all those things is unusual. The bridge is also a fairly large length simple span. The bridge carries a large volume of traffic, but remains in decent physical condition. Now might be a good time to begin planning for a rehabilitation of the bridge, while the bridge remains in decent condition. There have also been discussions about the traffic volume on the bridge and the possibility of building an additional bridge to relieve traffic. Strictly from a historic bridge preservation standpoint, providing an additional bridge that would reduce the traffic wear and tear on the historic bridge, thus decreasing maintenance costs and increasing service life, would be beneficial.
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