|Crosses Connecticut River|
Opened 16 December 1957
Number of spans 14
|No. of spans 14|
Total length 515 m
Body of water Connecticut River
Carries Interstate 291, Bike path
|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.