Tom Curtin
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8:48 AM - Oct 09, 2003 #11

Yes, stationing loaded hoppers on bridges to stabilize the bridges during flood conditions is a trick that was not infrequently employed by the New Haven. Sometimes it is successful, sometimes not.
It was attempted on the Bank St. bridge at Waterbury during Hurricane Diane (8/19/55), but the flood took out bridge, hoppers, and all
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12:45 PM - Oct 10, 2003 #12

Chris .. Would you happen to know if the Windsor Locks Library has any pics or further info on the construction of this span ?? I contacted them online a few times , but got no response .. Thanks again , Bryan .
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9:43 PM - Oct 10, 2003 #13

The last time I remember this being done on the former NYNH&H was during the 1984 floods, on the Connecticut River bridge at Hartford. The '84 flood had the highest water since 1955, and it also lead to the closing of the Hartford main line where it passes through the dike north of Hartford.

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8:39 AM - Oct 21, 2003 #14

I don't think the WL Library has any info or pictures.

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1:24 AM - Oct 26, 2003 #15

The current bridge is the fourth bridge. I'll try to track down some further info on it.