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Pine Creek Park Bridge

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Pine Creek Park Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: August 27, 2019

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Pedestrian Walkway Over Pine Creek
Location
Fairfield: Fairfield County, Connecticut: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1872 By Builder/Contractor: Keystone Bridge Company of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
54 Feet (16 Meters)
Structure Length
54 Feet (16 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This is an exceedingly rare Keystone column pony truss bridge, and it has been preserved on a trail. It only appears to "cross" pine creek figuratively. The crossing is unusual because the creek appears to be funneled into a series of culverts immediately south of the bridge, while the bridge today rests on what could be described as an earthen causeway. This arrangement has led to a situation where plant life has grown around the bridge and is starting the bury the trusses. For the sake of better bridge viewing and limiting moisture buildup on the trusses, it is suggested that the vegetation be cleared away from the bridge. This bridge reportedly was originally part of an approach to an 1872 movable bridge in Middletown, Connecticut, reused in 1890 to carry Mill Hill Road in Fairfield over the tracks of the New Haven Railroad. In 1979, the bridge was relocated to its current location. As such, the bridge may have come from the bridge shown below, although none of the historical photos actually show the approach spans, so this is only speculation. The below bridge was built by the Keystone Bridge Company in 1872 and was located in Middletown and carried the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad. It was partially destroyed by steamboat collision in 1876 and replaced in 1886.

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This bridge is tagged with the following special condition(s): Keystone Columns

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