Vietnam Memorial Bridge

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Vietnam Memorial Bridge
Vietnam Memorial bridge.jpg
Coordinates 42°12′42″N72°35′46″W / 42.21167°N 72.59611°W / 42.21167; -72.59611 Coordinates: 42°12′42″N72°35′46″W / 42.21167°N 72.59611°W / 42.21167; -72.59611
Carries pedestrian and vehicular traffic
MA Route 116.svg Route 116 (Massachusetts)
Crosses Connecticut River
Locale South Hadley to Holyoke, Massachusetts
Characteristics
Design Girder Bridge
History
Designer Unknown current
Edward S. Shaw original structure

The Vietnam Memorial Bridge (aka Holyoke Bridge, South Hadley Falls Bridge, and County Bridge) is a girder bridge that spans the Connecticut River between South Hadley and Holyoke, Massachusetts. It was built in 1990 to replace the original Holyoke-South Hadley bridge that was built in 1889 by New Jersey Steel and Iron Company and was designed by Edward S. Shaw.

Girder bridge bridge built of girders placed on bridge abutments and foundation piers

A girder bridge is a bridge that uses girders as the means of supporting its deck. The two most common types of modern steel girder bridge are plate and box.

Connecticut River river in the New England region of the United States

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.

South Hadley, Massachusetts Town in Massachusetts, United States

South Hadley is a town in Hampshire County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 17,514 at the 2010 census, and was estimated to be 17,791 in 2017. It is part of the Springfield, Massachusetts Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Sign near the current bridge salvaged from its original 1889 counterpart Holyoke Bridge rebuilt sign.jpg
Sign near the current bridge salvaged from its original 1889 counterpart

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