Only a handful of steel arch bridges were built in Vermont, and most of them spanned the Connecticut River, providing monumental crossings between Vermont and New Hampshire. The steel-arch bridge peaked technologically around 1900 and gained popularity for significant, large-scale spans. Steel-arch bridges were constructed as either through arches or deck arches. Arches were erected above the deck in through arch construction, allowing the traveler to pass through the arch. Arches were placed below the deck in deck arch construction. Vermont's notable steel-arch bridges are described below.
Bellow's Falls-Walpole Bridge
A 540-foot steel arch bridge was constructed over the Connecticut River between Bellow's Falls, Vermont, and Walpole, New Hampshire, in 1905. At the time of its construction, it was the longest through-arch bridge in the country. The monumental bridge was replaced in the 1982.
Gulf Bridge at Quechee Gorge
The oldest surviving steel-arch bridge spans a scenic location over the Ottauquechee River at Quechee Gorge in Hartford, Vermont. Constructed in 1911 for the Woodstock Railroad, this deck arch bridge spans 285 feet high above the gorge.
Crossing railroad tracks on Main Street in the town of Proctor is a small, 34-foot deck arch bridge. Notable to this 1920 bridge are the decorative railings and street lamps that reflect City Beautiful planning. The bridge survives was widened in 1939.
Between 1928 and 1938, four more steel-arch bridges were erected over the Connecticut River, most of which received awards from the American Institute of Steel Construction.
Wells River-Woodsville Bridge
The first, built after the 1927 flood, spanned 284 feet between Wells River, Vermont, and Woodsville, New Hampshire. This bridge survives today as the oldest steel-arch crossing over the Connecticut River.
Beecher Falls-Stewartstown Bridge
The second bridge, a small, deck arch, connected the village of Beecher Falls, Vermont, with Stewartstown, New Hampshire, in 1930.
The third bridge, spanning 425 feet, was constructed in 1937, connecting Brattleboro, Vermont, and Chesterfield, New Hampshire.
Samuel Morey Memorial Bridge
The fourth bridge, joining Fairlee, Vermont, and Orford, New Hampshire, was completed in 1938, spanning 433 feet.