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Merritt Parkway, Saugatuck River Bridge, Spanning Saugatuck River, Westport, Fairfield County, CT



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Item Title
Merritt Parkway, Saugatuck River Bridge, Spanning Saugatuck River, Westport, Fairfield County, CT

Location
Spanning Saugatuck River, Westport, CT

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER CT-99
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (FN-48).
Building/structure dates: 1938 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1990 subsequent work
Significance: The bridges of the Merritt Parkway were predominately inspired by the Art Deco and Art Moderne architectural styles of the 1930s. Experimental forming techniques were employed to create the ornamental characteristics of the bridges. This, combined with the philosophy of incorporating architecture into bridge design and the individuality of each structure, makes them distinctive.

Subjects
Steel Arch Bridges
Transportation
Vehicular Bridges


Related Names
Connecticut Highway Department
Dunkelberger, George L.
Mariani Construction Company
Osborn-Barnes Construction Company
A I Savin Company
Lowe, Jet, Photographer
Thibodeau, Todd, Historian


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. VIEW OF SPAN FROM BELOW WITH RIVERBANK AND BRIDGE ABUTMENT.
2. VIEW FROM RIVERBANK TO CONCRETE PIERS AND STEEL ARCH SPAN.
3. CROSS-BRACING AND CONNECTION DETAILS.
4. VIEW ALONG SAUGATUCK RIVER TO BRIDGE CARRYING THE MERRITT PARKWAY.
5. VIEW OF GUARD RAILS AND ROAD DECK.
6. VIEW UNDERNEATH SPAN, CONCRETE PIERS AND CROSS-BRACING BETWEEN TWO STEEL ARCHES.
7. VIEW OF SPAN FROM BELOW WITH RIVERBANK AND BRIDGE ABUTMENT.
8. DETAIL OF BEAM CONNECTIONS.
9. DETAIL OF CONNECTION BETWEEN CONCRETE PIER AND ARCH AT THE SPRING POINT.
10. HISTORIC PHOTOGRAPH, DETAIL OF BRIDGE UNDER CONSTRUCTION, SUPPORT FOR ROAD DECK AND BRACING BEING PLACED, CA. 1935. COLLECTION CONNECTICUT DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION.
11. HISTORIC PHOTOGRAPH, VIEW TO BRIDGE UNDER CONSTRUCTION, CA 1935. COLLECTION CONNECTICUT DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION.
12. VIEW OF SPAN FROM BELOW WITH RIVERBANK AND BRIDGE ABUTMENT.
13. CROSS-BRACING AND CONNECTION DETAILS.
14. VIEW OF APPROACH SPAN, SHOWING ABUTMENT, CONCRETE PIERS AND ROAD DECK FROM BELOW.


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