Connecticut's Open-Spandrel Arches

Sources of Information:

Clouette, Bruce, and Matthew Roth. Connecticut's Historic Highway Bridges. Newington, Conn.: Connecticut Department of Transportation, 1991.

Condit, Carl W. American Building: Materials and Techniques from the First Colonial Settlements to the Present. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1968.

Connecticut Highway Department. Forty Years of Highway Development in Connecticut, 1895-1935. New Haven: Connecticut Tercentenary Commission, Publication No. 46, 1935.

Connecticut Society of Civil Engineers. Proceedings, 1921, pp. 106-110 (Washington Bridge); 1928, pp. 75-82 (Reynolds Bridge).

Hool, George A., and W. S. Kinne. Reinforced Concrete and Masonry Structures. New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1924.

Jackson, Donald C. Great American Bridges and Dams . Washington, D.C.: Preservation Press, 1988.

Legat, Arthur W. Design and Construction of Reinforced Concrete Bridges. London: Concrete Publications, 1948.

McCullough, Conde B. Economics of Highway Bridge Types. Chicago: Gillette Publishing Co., 1929.

Plowden, David. Bridges: the Spans of North America. New York: Viking Press, 1974.

Waddell, J. A. L. Economics of Bridgework. New York: John Wiley and Sons, 1921.

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Documentation Studies

All of the open-spandrel bridges in Connecticut are in the process of being listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Copies of the nomination documentation are available from the Connecticut Historical Commission, 59 South Prospect Street, Hartford, Connecticut 06106, telephone (860) 566-3005. The six open-spandrel arch bridges were also included in the Connecticut Department of Transportation's 1991 Inventory of Historic Highway Bridges. Inventory forms and photographs are archived as part of the Connecticut Historic Preservation Collection at the Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut.

Bridge 1132 (Route 80, Killingworth-Madison) was documented for the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER). Copies of the photographs and text are available at the Dodd Research Center or by contacting HAER (202-343-9626; 1849 C Street, NW, Room NC 300, Washington, DC 20240-2270) .

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