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Mount Hope Bridge

Mount Hope Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: August 28, 2019

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
RI-114 Over Mount Hope Bay
Bristol: Newport County, Rhode Island and Bristol County, Rhode Island: United States
Structure Type
Metal Deck Truss Stiffening Wire Cable Suspension, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal Through Girder, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1929 By Builder/Contractor: McClintic-Marshall Company of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Engineer/Design: Robinson and Steinman and William G. Grove

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Main Span Length
1,200 Feet (365.8 Meters)
Structure Length
4,858 Feet (1480.7 Meters)
Roadway Width
27 Feet (8.23 Meters)
3 Main Span(s) and 28 Approach Span(s)
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This bridge is one of the masterpiece bridges of famous engineer David Steinman. It is noted for its attractive stiffening truss, and stunning gothic towers. The plate girder approach spans have unique and beautiful arched details at each bent point.

The bridge has an interesting story. During its construction, the contractor, McClintic Marshall, wanted to use a new heat treated suspension cable for the bridge, rather than traditional cold-drawn wire. David Steinman was reportedly against the use of this very new type of cable, but was convinced to use it by his company partner Holton Robinson. Unfortunately, this type of cable quickly proved to be unsafe for use as the wires started breaking after the stiffening trusses of the bridge had been erected on the bridge, proving that Steinman's hesitation was wise. Steinman condemned the wire and ordered it replaced with cold-drawn wire at the contractor's expense. The work required removing the newly installed stiffening truss, changing the cables, then re-erecting the new stiffening trusses.

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Note: This bridge is monitored by on-site security people who may chase you off the bridge if you attempt to take photos of the plaques at the ends of the bridge, let alone walk on the bridge. The bridge has "no pedestrian" signs, but apparently even walking up to the bridge abutments to photograph the bridge plaques may trigger a hostile response.

Above: Commemorative medals for bridge.

Above: Toll tokens for bridge.

Above: Historical photo showing bridge construction.

Above: Historical photo showing bridge construction.


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