Melrose Road Bridge

East Windsor, Connecticut

East end of bridge Melrose Road over Scantic River
State Bridge No. 4500
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

The Melrose Road Bridge is typical of the hundreds of small-town highway bridges built by the Berlin Iron Bridge Company in the late 19th century. The Town of East Windsor bought only the bridge itself and then hired local contractor George S. Phelps to build the abutments and erect the bridge. The cost was $750 for the bridge, $1,484 for the contractor, and $463 for additional expenses, such as the wood floor planking. Like most rural bridges, it lacks the ornamental detail found on Berlin bridges in more built-up areas.

The bridge is now closed to traffic and is deteriorating. The floor planking is almost gone, and some of the bottom cross-bracing has come loose and is hanging in the water.


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