13 July 2014

A trip up the mouth of the Saugatuck River

Olympus OM-10, Zuiko 50mm 1.8, Agfa APX 100

The Saugatuck River flows out into Long Island Sound at Westport, Connecticut. In the 17th century the river was the site of a Paugusset settlement. The name of the river is derived from the Paugusset language and means "river that flows out". (Source, Source and Source)

In this sequence of photographs three bridges are seen crossing the river. The most physically imposing structure is the Interstate 95 bridge constructed out of steel and concrete in a functional Brutalist style. From the photographs it can be seen that an additional lane of highway has been added to either side of the original structure. I-95 is the main north–south highway on the East Coast of the USA, parts of which first opened in 1957; it stretches from Miami in Florida to the Canadian border.

In the distance in the second photograph can be seen The Saugatuck River Bridge. Built in 1884, it is the oldest surviving movable bridge in Connecticut and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2007 the bridge was named the William F. Cribari Memorial Bridge. (Source)

In the final photograph is depicted the Saugatuck River Railroad Bridge, which was built in 1905. It is part of Metro North's New Haven Line service that runs from New Haven, Connecticut, to Grand Central Terminal in New York City. The bridge design is a single leaf Scherzer rolling lift bascule bridge. (Source)