CT's Historic Masonry Arches

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Vernon Tunnel,
Bridge No. 1617

Vernon Tunnel, Vernon

Tunnel Road under former railroad embankment
Stone arch
Length: 110'
Built 1849
The Vernon Tunnel is another rare engineering structure from Connecticut's first generation of Abandoned tracks above Vernon Tunnel, Vernon railroad construction. Like other railroads of the period, the Hartford, Providence and Fishkill Railroad had to accommodate numerous pre-existing rural roads when putting through their line. While most roads simply crossed the tracks at grade, at least initially, tunnels such as this were needed when the railroad, in order to maintain a near-constant elevation for its line, constructed a high embankment. Massive ashlar masonry such as that of the Vernon Tunnel was typical of these early railroad structures. The tunnel has outlived the rail line, which was abandoned in the late 1970s.

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