Drake Hill Road Bridge

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Drake Hill Road Bridge
Drake Hill Road Bridge.JPG
2010 photo
Drake Hill Road Bridge is located in Connecticut
Drake Hill Road Bridge
Drake Hill Road Bridge is located in the United States
Drake Hill Road Bridge
LocationOld Bridge Rd. at Farmington River, Simsbury, Connecticut
Coordinates41°52′6″N 72°48′1″W / 41.86833°N 72.80028°W / 41.86833; -72.80028Coordinates: 41°52′6″N 72°48′1″W / 41.86833°N 72.80028°W / 41.86833; -72.80028
Arealess than one acre
Built1892 (1892)
ArchitectBuddington, J. H.
Architectural styleParker truss
NRHP reference #84000999[1]
Added to NRHPJuly 19, 1984

Drake Hill Road Bridge, also known as the Old Drake Hill Flower Bridge,[2] is a bridge in Simsbury, Connecticut, originally carrying Drake Hill Road over the Farmington River. Built in 1892, it is one of three surviving Parker truss bridges in the state, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.[1] It now carries foot traffic only.[2]

Description and history[edit]

The Drake Hill Road Bridge is located a short way southeast of the town center of Simsbury, it is located between Old Bridge Road, a former alignment of Drake Hill Road, and Riverside Road, which parallels the east bank of the Farmington River. Drake Hill Road now passes to the north, crossing the river on a modern bridge; this bridge is a single-span, pin-connected Parker through truss constructed with wrought iron, cast iron and steel. It rests on brownstone abutments and carries a 12-foot (3.7 m) roadway for a span of 183 feet (56 m).[3] It has a wooden plank deck suitable for foot traffic, and its sides are adorned with planters that are seasonally filled with flowers.

The bridge was built in 1892, and is one of three 19th-century Parker trusses to survive in the state. All three were designed by J.H. Buddington, an engineer for the state highway department; this bridge was built as a replacement for a timber-frame bridge that previously stood on the site. The town recognized the need for replacing the older structure in 1890, but financing of the replacement delayed its construction;[3] the bridge was taken out of vehicular service in 1992, when the present alignment of Drake Hill Road was established. This bridge is now open strictly for pedestrian and bicycle traffic.[2]

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. ^ a b c Official Simsbury, CT Website, Retrieved June 27, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Clouette, Matthew (February 20, 1984). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Drake Hill Road Bridge". National Park Service. and Accompanying photos, exterior and interior, from 1983