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United States Navy Seabees Bridge

United States Navy Seabees Bridge
United States Navy Seabee Bridge · Photo by Tony Opalacz

 

The United States Navy Seabee Bridge is a steel, two-hinged arch bridge over the Connecticut River, located between Brattleboro, Vermont and Chesterfield, New Hampshire on route 9.

There have been three bridges on this site. The 1937 and 2003 bridges still exist. An earlier suspension bridge was heavily damaged by the 1936 flood.

The 2003 bridge is of similar construction to the 1937 bridge, but built for heavier loads with a wider deck and more road clearance. It uses suspender cables where the 1937 bridge uses thin suspender beams. The 1937 bridge is still in existence about 10ft downstream from the 2003 bridge, and is currently in use as a pedestrian bridge. Historic 1937 Chesterfield-Brattleboro Steel Arch Bridge over the Connecticut River. The bridge won an award of merit from the American Institute of Steel Construction as the Most Beautiful Steel Bridge in Class C in 1937.

1937 Award of Merit*Information on bridge found on Wikipedia, for other photos and information click here.

Driving Directions

From downtown Brattleboro, VT Start out going northeast on Canal St/US-5 toward Bridge St/VT-9. Turn slight left on Main St/US-5 N. Enter next roundabout and take the 1st exit onto the right, VT-9/Chesterfield Rd less than half a mile to bridge.

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