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Western Avenue Bridge

Western Avenue Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: June 15, 2012

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Western Avenue Over Contoocook River
Location
Rural: Merrimack County, New Hampshire: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1933 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
1988
Main Span Length
149 Feet (45.4 Meters)
Structure Length
305 Feet (93 Meters)
Roadway Width
24.3 Feet (7.41 Meters)
Spans
2 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
12000950010000

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This two span through truss bridge with a noticeable skew was built just over 15 years after a nearby single, non-skewed truss bridge was built nearby on Patterson Hill Road. Both bridges remain today, making this a very unusual situation where two historic truss bridges are within sight of each other, carrying two different roads. This Western Avenue Bridge, which used to carry US-202, appears to have been constructed as an improved alignment for traffic heading southbound/northbound in this area. It eliminates a 90 degree turn that would be needed if using Patterson Hill Road Bridge.

The bridge retains good historic integrity, but has deteriorated and is currently closed to traffic. The older Patterson Hill Road Bridge has been rehabilitated and is in good condition today. It is hoped that  the same is planned for Western Avenue Bridge as well. It is worth the effort to maintain this unique scene of two historic truss bridges within sight of each other.

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