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Calvin Coolidge Bridge

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The Calvin Coolidge Memorial Bridge is a significant crossing of the Connecticut River in Western Massachusetts, linking the towns of Northampton and Hadley. This five-span, single intersection Warren deck truss bridge stands as a testament to both engineering and history. Let’s delve into its fascinating details. The bridge, with a total length of 1,440.94 feet (439.2 meters), was completed in 1939 after the original structure was destroyed during the 1936 flood. Its distinctive granite-faced abutment pylons showcase Art Deco ornamentation, including carved eagles and incised lettering. The project was funded under the Hayden Cartwright Act, part of the federal aid programs aimed at providing construction jobs during the Great Depression. W & L Engineering Co., in collaboration with Maurice A. Reidy (consultant) and Desmond & Lord (architects), designed the bridge, which was built by T. Stuart & Sons. The bridge honors President Calvin Coolidge, a former mayor of Northampton and later the 30th President of the United States. Bronze memorial plaques of Coolidge adorn the pylons, commemorating his legacy. The Art Deco style is evident in the large granite-faced pylons, measuring 15 by 27 feet at the base. Bronze doors on the pylons provide access to small rooms. The 31?2-foot-high welded steel Art Deco bridge rail, weathered green in color, lines the bridge. Cobra head luminaires replaced the original low-pressure sodium lamp fixtures, which fell out of favor due to their monochromatic light. In 2001, the Massachusetts Highway Department widened the bridge from 3 lanes to 4 lanes, enhancing traffic flow and accessibility 12. The Calvin Coolidge Bridge not only spans the river but also bridges the past and the present, connecting communities and celebrating a remarkable leader. ??

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Mass. DOT
Bridge St.
Northampton, MA 01060