French King Bridge
|Locale||Gill, Massachusetts, and Erving, Massachusetts|
|ID number||E-10-014 or G-04-009|
|Design||Spandrel-braced steel deck arch bridge|
|Total length||782 ft (238.4 m)|
|Width||47.8 ft (14.57 m)|
|Height||140 feet (43 m)|
|Longest span||460 ft (140.2 m)|
|Construction start||September 1931|
|Opened||September 10, 1932|
The French King Bridge is the three-span "cantilever arch" bridgethat crosses the Connecticut River on the border between the towns of Erving and Gill, Massachusetts, United States. The bridge, part of Massachusetts Route 2, carries automobile, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic and is owned and managed by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT).
The Connecticut River is the longest river in the New England region of the United States, flowing roughly southward for 406 miles (653 km) through four states. It rises at the U.S. border with Quebec, Canada, and discharges at Long Island Sound. Its watershed encompasses five U.S. states and one Canadian province, 11,260 square miles (29,200 km2) via 148 tributaries, 38 of which are major rivers. It produces 70% of Long Island Sound's fresh water, discharging at 19,600 cubic feet (560 m3) per second.
Erving is a town in Franklin County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 1,800 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Springfield, Massachusetts metropolitan statistical area.
Gill is a town in Franklin County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 1,500 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Springfield, Massachusetts Metropolitan Statistical Area. The campus of Northfield Mount Hermon School is located in the Mount Hermon section of the town.
The French King Bridge (FKB) was opened to traffic on September 10, 1932. It was named the "Most Beautiful Steel Bridge" of 1932 by the American Institute of Steel Construction. The bridge was rebuilt in 1992, and refurbished in 2008–2010.
The American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) is a not-for-profit technical institute and trade association for the use of structural steel in the construction industry of the United States.
In 2009, police said that between 26 and 31 people were known to have jumped off the bridge since its construction in 1932, with four survivors.
The name comes from a nearby geographic feature named French King Rock, visible in the middle of the river.
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