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Hampden County Memorial Bridge, Spanning Connecticut River on Memorial Drive, Springfield, Hampden County, MA



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Location
Spanning Connecticut River on Memorial Drive, Springfield, MA

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER MA-114
Building/structure dates: 1922 initial construction
Significance: The Hampden County Memorial Bridge's main span is the longest concrete deck arch span in Massachusetts. The bridge is a finely-engineered example of a rare self-supporting arch rib reinforcement technique, derived from the Melan tradition. Once encased in concrete, the steel arch reinforcing truss acts as a partner with the concrete in bearing the dead load of the structure. Although the deck is supported on spandrel columns, they are concealed behind a fascia spandrel wall, conveying the impression of a solid structure. The consulting architects, Haven & Hoyt, embellished the structure with artificial stone, notably in the four pylons of the main channel span.

Subjects
Vehicular Bridges


Related Names
Fay, Spofford & Thorndike
H.P.Converse & Company


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. General view from roadway at west portal, looking east
2. General view from roadway at east portal, looking west
3. General view from west river bank, looking southeast
4. Long view from west river bank, looking southeast, showing ornamental standards
5. Close-up view of #4, showing stone piers
6. Oblique view from west river bank, showing piers and ornamental standards
7. View from under deck of west span, showing floor system, looking east
8. Detail of west abutment from river bank
9. Detail of railing at northwest corner of sidewalk
10. Detail of builder's plate at west end, north railing
11. Detail of base of ornamental standard on north side of span
12. Detail of ornamental standard on south side of span
13. Detail of span over railroad bed at east end of bridge, looking southeast


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