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Notre Dame Bridge, Spanning Merrimack River on Bridge Street, Manchester, Hillsborough County, NH



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Item Title
Notre Dame Bridge, Spanning Merrimack River on Bridge Street, Manchester, Hillsborough County, NH

Location
Spanning Merrimack River on Bridge Street, Manchester, NH

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER NH-14
Building/structure dates: 1937 initial construction
Significance: The bridge is significant as the best example of the steel arch truss (the most advanced metal truss design) in New Hampshire. The structure is one of five surviving steel arch bridges in the state. It is the longest bridge of the pre-war era in New Hampshire. The bridge is associated with the redevelopment of the historically significant, bankrupted (1936) Amoskeag mills, and provided continuation of the vital transportation link between the manufacturing district and the densely populated Franco-American community of Manchester's West Side...

Subjects
Steel Truss Bridges
Vehicular Bridges


Related Names
Worcester, Joseph R.


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. VIEW OF SOUTH ELEVATION OF NOTRE DANE BRIDGE, SHOWING CAUSEWAY, STEEL ARCH, AND EASTBOUND LANE OF NEW BRIDGE UNDER CONSTRUCTION, PARALLELING CAUSEWAY, LOOKING NORTHWEST
2. 3/4 VIEW OF STEEL ARCH, LOOKING SOUTHWEST FROM NORTHEAST CORNER
3. VIEW OF STEEL ARCH, NORTH ELEVATION AND CONCRETE ABUTMENT (EAST SIDE OF RIVER); FLOOR BEAM PLAN, LOOKING SOUTHWEST
4. VIEW OF STEEL ARCH, NORTH ELEVATION, SHOWING TWO WESTERN SPANS OF CAUSEWAY, LOOKING SOUTH
5. 3/4 VIEW OF STEEL ARCH, NORTH ELEVATION, LOOKING SOUTHWEST FROM WEST BANK OF MERRIMACK RIVER
6. VIEW OF CAUSEWAY, SHOWING NORTH ELEVATION OF TWO WESTERN SPANS WITH EVERETT TURNPIKE PASSING BELOW, LOOKING SOUTH
7. VIEW OF CAUSEWAY, SHOWING NORTH ELEVATION OF RIGID FRAME SPAN OVER CANAL STREET (FORMER RAILROAD BRIDGE), LOOKING SOUTHWEST. WALL STREET TOWER IS AT LEFT
8. VIEW OF CAUSEWAY, SHOWING NORTH ELEVATION ALONG EAST BANK OF MERRIMACK RIVER, LOOKING WEST. STEEL ARCH SPAN, LEADING TO MANCHESTER'S WEST SIDE, IS IN BACKGROUND. CANAL STREET, WITH RIGID FRAME RAILROAD SPAN, IS IN FOREGROUND.
9. VIEW OF CAUSEWAY, SHOWING SOUTH ELEVATION OR RIGID FRAME FORMER RAILROAD SPAN, NOW CROSSING CANAL STREET, LOOKING NORTH. ARCHED RIB SPAN AT LEFT NOW BRIDGES THE B&M LINE
10. VIEW OF CAUSEWAY, NORTH ELEVATION, EAST SIDE, SHOWING ARCHED RIB REINFORCED CONCRETE SPANS NEAREST THE MERRIMACK RIVER, LOOKING EAST
11. VIEW OF CAUSEWAY, SHOWING SOUTH ELEVATION OF ARCHED RIB REINFORCED CONCRETE SPAN OVER COMMERCIAL STREET; DETAILS OF ARCHED RIBS, PIERS, AND FLOOR BEAMS, LOOKING NORTHEAST. NEWBRIDGE DECK IS AT UPPER RIGHT OF VIEW
12. VIEW OF CAUSEWAY, NORTH ELEVATION, SHOWING DETAIL OF STAIRWAY BETWEEN CANAL STREET/COMMERCIAL STREET, PROVIDING ACCESS TO CAUSEWAY DECK, LOOKING SOUTHWEST. RAILING DETAILS ARE WROUGHT IRON
13. VIEW OF CAUSEWAY, LOOKING EAST, PROFILING DETAILS OF RIGID FRAME SPAN OVER CANAL STREET, AND SHOWING STEEL RIBS AND FLOOR BEANS ENCASED IN CONCRETE
14. VIEW OF CAUSEWAY (EAST END, NORTHEAST CORNER), SHOWING DETAIL OF REINFORCED CONCRETE RAILING, PIER/LAMP BASE, AND TYPICAL PEDESTRIAN BENCH FLANKING EAST APPROACH, LOOKING NORTHEAST
15. VIEW OF STEEL ARCH, WEST PORTAL, LOOKING EAST
16. VIEW OF STEEL ARCH, SHOWING DETAIL OF WEST PORTAL AND LOCATION OF MANUFACTURER'S PLAQUE, LOOKING NORTHEAST
17. VIEW OF STEEL ARCH, SHOWING DETAILS OF TYPICAL PIN HANGER CONNECTION, SOUTH CHORD, WEST END, LOOKING NORTHWEST. ALSO REVEALED ARE RIVETED LACING BARS AND PLATES OF UPPER AND LOWER ARCH CHORDS; AND CHANNEL WITH FISH PLATES RIVETED ON INSIDE FOR REINFORCEMENT/BUILDING UP CROSS-SECTION OF WEB
18. VIEW OF STEEL ARCH, SHOWING DETAILS OF BRIDGE DECK (IRVING DECK), LATERAL BRACING, HANGERS AND STEEL ARCH RIBS OF NORTH CHORD, LOOKING NORTHWEST
19. VIEW OF STEEL ARCH, SHOWING DETAIL OF CROWN ARCH, LATERAL BRACING, HANGER PIN CONNECTIONS, LOOKING NORTHEAST
20. VIEW OF STEEL ARCH, SHOWING UNDERSIDE OF BRIDGE DECK AT EAST END, TYPICAL FLOOR BEAM DETAILS AND IRVING DECKING, X-BRACING AND PENETRATION OF ARCH LOWER CHORD THROUGH DECK, LOOKING NORTHWEST. GAS LINE IS CARRIED ON FLOOR BEAM OUTRIGGERS. NEW BRIDGE IS AT LEFT
21. VIEW OF STEEL ARCH, SHOWING NORTH ELEVATION OF END PANELS OF ARCH, ARCH WEB, AND FLOOR BEAM DETAILS AT EAST END, LOOKING SOUTHWEST. ALSO SHOWING ORIGINAL RAILING DETAIL
22. VIEW OF STEEL ARCH, SHOWING ABUTMENT INTERIOR, DETAIL OF ARCH BEARINGS WITH HINGED SEATS AND LATERAL BRACING OF ARCHES, LOOKING NORTH
23. VIEW OF STEEL ARCH, SHOWING DETAIL OF TYPICAL HINGED BEARING SEAT (SOUTH ARCH) AT EAST END, ANCHORED IN CONCRETE ABUTMENT, LOOKING EAST. HINGE PIN IS TURNED TO 6' (8' ON INSIDE) AND SECURED WITH A 10' HEXAGONAL NUT
24. VIEW OF STEEL ARCH, SHOWING DETAIL OF ONLY SURVIVING MANUFACTURER'S PLAQUE (ONE OF FOUR), 'AMERICAN BRIDGE COMPANY U.S.A. 1937' AT WEST PORTAL/SOUTH CHORD
25. VIEW OF McGREGOR BRIDGE (1881-1936), CROSSING THE MERRIMACK RIVER AT BRIDGE STREET, LOOKING SOUTHEAST. NORTH ELEVATION OF DOUBLE-DECKED, THREE-SPAN DOUGLAS PATENT PARABOLIC IRON TRUSS ERECTED BY CORRUGATED METAL COMPANY (BERLIN IRON BRIDGE COMPANY, BERLIN, CT) From 'Bridge Street Bridge', photographer and date unknown.
26. VIEW SHOWING SOUTH ELEVATION, LOOKING NORTHEAST From newspaper clipping, 'Notre Dame Bridge, Manchester, New Hampshire', Manchester Union Leader, c. 1938, photographer unknown.
27. VIEW SHOWING SOUTH ELEVATION OF NOTRE DAM BRIDGE, LOOKING NORTHEAST Ernest Gould, photographer, 1987
28. GENERAL PLAN. Sheet 1 of 3
29. EXISTING STRUCTURES. Sheet 2 of 3
30. PIER DETAILS. Sheet 3 of 3
31. U.S. WORKS PROGRAM GRADE CROSSING PROJECT, (TITLE PAGE) W.P.G.M. NO-301, WEST BRIDGE STREET. Sheet 1 of 10
32. TYPICAL SECTION OF IMPROVEMENT. Sheet 2 of 10
33. SUMMARY OF QUANTITIES. Sheet 2A of 10
34. GENERAL PLAN, Sheet 3 of 10
35. EXISTING STRUCTURES. SHEET 4 OF 10
36. GENERAL LAYOUT. Sheet 5 of 10
37. PIER DETAILS. Sheet 6 of 10
38. DETAILS OF 64' 3' SPANS. Sheet 7 of 10
39. DETAILS OF 90'0' SPANS. Sheet 8 of 10
40. PLANS AND DETAILS OF R.R. SPAN. Sheet 9 of 10
41. DETAILS OF EAST ABUTMENT. Sheet 10 of 10
42. ERECTION PLAN - BLAST PLS. ETC.
43. GENERAL PLAN. Sheet 1 of 9
44. EXISTING STRUCTURES. Sheet 2 of 9
45. EXISTING STRUCTURES. Sheet 3 of 9
46. GENERAL LAYOUT. Sheet 4 of 9
47. GENERAL LAYOUT. Shwet 5 of 9
48. PIER DETAILS. Sheet 6 of 9
49. DETAILS OF 64' 3' SPANS. Sheet 7 of 9
50. DETAILS OF 90' 0' SPANS. Sheet 8 of 9
51. PYLON DETAILS FOR PIERS 10 & 12. Sheet 9 of 9.
53. EXISTING STRUCTURES. Sheet 2 of 6
54. EXISTING STRUCTURES. Sheet 3 of 6
55. GENERAL LAYOUT OF STEEL RIVER SPAN. Sheet 4 of 6
56. TYPICAL DETAILS, Sheet 5 of 6
57. TYPICAL DETAILS, Sheet 6 of 6


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