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Bissell Bridge (Connecticut)

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Crosses  Connecticut River
Opened  16 December 1957
Location  Windsor
Number of spans  14
No. of spans  14
Total length  515 m
Body of water  Connecticut River
Carries  Interstate 291, Bike path
Bissell Bridge (Connecticut)
Locale  Windsor, Connecticut and South Windsor, Connecticut
Official name  Captain John Bissell Memorial Bridge
Maintained by  Greater Hartford Bridge Authority (until 1989) Connecticut Department of Transportation (after 1989)
Address  South Windsor, CT 06074, USA
Similar  Dexter Coffin Bridge, Windsor Meadows State Park, Bulkeley Bridge, Charter Oak Bridge, Founders Bridge

The Captain John Bissell Memorial Bridge carries I-291 over the Connecticut River, connecting the towns of Windsor, Connecticut and South Windsor, Connecticut. There is a pedestrian crossing on the bridge on the westbound, upstream side.

History and construction of the Bridge

The Bulkeley Bridge was the only bridge crossing on the Connecticut River for miles in the early 20th century. Then it was proposed in the 1930s to build two more road bridges on the river for the Wilbur Cross Highway. In 1955 the new Charter Oak Bridge, built 10 years earlier, was not helping to ease traffic on the Bulkeley Bridge. The Greater Hartford Bridge Authority was created to build this bridge and the Putnam Bridge in Glastonbury. A Interstate bypass was also be planned to be built in the Hartford Area, eventually becoming I-291. The bridge and bypass opened on December 16, 1957, from I-91 to US 5. The bridge was originally called Wolcott Bridge, because of the name of the road formerly carried on it. It was renamed in 1960 to its current name. A toll was charged on the bridge until a tollbooth accident in 1983, which resulted in statewide removals of tollbooths in the 1980s.


Bissell Bridge (Connecticut) Wikipedia