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Drawbridge reflections

The Mystic River Bascule Bridge raises for the motor vessel Moveable Feast to pass southbound on the Mystic River Wednesday, November 25, 2020.

The Strauss Heel-trunnion type bridge was designed by former Otis Elevator Company Chief Engineer Thomas Ellis Brown of New York and built in 1920 by the J. E. FitzGerald Construction Company of New London, Connecticut, according to its historical marker.

Its movable span is 85 ft wide, 218 ft long, weighs 660 short tons (589 long tons), and employs two 230 short tons concrete-filled counterweights.


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