Memorial Bridge - Springfield/West Springfield, MA
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member neoc1
N 42° 05.889 W 072° 35.439
18T E 699235 N 4663483
Quick Description: Memorial Bridge spans the Connecticut River - Springfield/West Springfield, MA
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 5/2/2011 5:57:19 PM
Waymark Code: WMBBZB
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member GEO*Trailblazer 1
Views: 3

Long Description:
The Memorial Bridge is a reinforced-concrete arch bridge that spans the Connecticut River between Springfield and West Springfield, MA. Seven parabolic arches span the river. The channel span is 209 feet long and 29.71 feet high. Other spans vary from 176.5 feet to 121 feet in length, with heights from 29.2 feet to 19.1 feet.

The main construction contract for $3,254,883 was awarded to H.P. Converse on April 3, 1920. It was designed by Fay Spofford & Thorndike, with Haven & Hoyt, architects. The completed bridge was opened to traffic on August 3, 1922. The bridge was dedicated as a memorial to those who had died as pioneers, and soldiers in the Revolutionary, Civil and Foreign Wars. There are four plaques on the central towers honor the original colonists, and veterans of the American Revolutionary War, American Civil War, and World War I. The bridge was extensively refurbished in 1992 when Fay Spofford & Thorndike was again involved.

The posted coordinates are for the vantage point in Riverfront Park from where you can best view the bridge and from where the default image was taken.

The mid-point of the bridge itself is at N42 05.957; W72 35.680
Length of bridge: 1515 feet

Height of bridge: 29.2 feet

What type of traffic does this bridge support?: motor vehicles, pedestrians

What kind of gap does this bridge cross?:
Connecticut River

Date constructed: 1922

Is the bridge still in service for its original purpose?: yes

Name of road or trail the bridge services: Route 147

Springfield-West Springfield, MA

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