CT's Historic Concrete Bridges (click on images for larger view)

Edgewood Avenue Bridge,
Bridge No. 3608

Edgewood Avenue Bridge

Edgewood Avenue over West River
New Haven
Concrete arch
Length: 3 spans, 192' overall, 55' maximum span length
Built in 1910

Edgewood AvenueEdgewood Avenue Bridge is the centerpiece of an extensive, designed landscape that includes a divided boulevard leading up to the bridge, a stretch of wooded parkland along the West River, and a planned residential neighborhood on the surrounding streets. Developed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Edgewood was the first comprehensively planned area in New Haven. The bridge's wide roadway, ornate portals, and elegant railing make it a fitting gateway to Edgewood. The bridge also provides a visual link between Edgewood Avenue and the park, whose riverside drives are bordered by similar balustrades as they pass under the bridge.

Edgewood Avenue BridgeEdgewood Avenue Bridge is notable as one of the earliest Connecticut bridges to make full use of the decorative possibilities of concrete. Since it is poured in place, concrete can take any shape. Edgewood Avenue BridgeDetails such as this bridge's acorn finials, urn-shaped balusters, and paneled surfaces, which would be exorbitant to execute in stone, could be accomplished relatively cheaply in concrete, since the molds and formwork could be used repeatedly. Although cities continued to build bridges with decorative stonework, Elmwood Avenue Bridge demonstrated that dignity and elegance could also be created with concrete.

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