French King Bridge aka: FKB
Coordinates42°35′52″N 72°29′48″W / 42.59778°N 72.49667°W / 42.59778; -72.49667Coordinates: 42°35′52″N 72°29′48″W / 42.59778°N 72.49667°W / 42.59778; -72.49667
Carries Route 2 pedestrian and vehicular traffic
CrossesConnecticut River
LocaleGill, Massachusetts, and Erving, Massachusetts
Maintained byMassDOT
ID numberE-10-014 or G-04-009
Characteristics
DesignSpandrel-braced steel deck arch bridge
Total length782 feet (238 m)
Width47.8 feet (14.6 m)
Height140 feet (43 m)[1]
Longest span460 feet (140 m)
History
Construction startSeptember 1931
Construction end1932
OpenedSeptember 10, 1932
Location

The French King Bridge is the three-span "cantilever arch" bridge[2] that crosses the Connecticut River on the border between the towns of Erving and Gill, Massachusetts, United States. The bridge, part of Massachusetts Route 2, carries automobile, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic and is owned and managed by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT).

French King Bridge
French King Bridge


History

The French King Bridge (FKB) was opened to traffic on September 10, 1932. It was named the "Most Beautiful Steel Bridge" of 1932 by the American Institute of Steel Construction. The bridge was rebuilt in 1992, and refurbished in 2008–2010.[3][4]

Suicides

In 2009, police said that between 26 and 31 people were known to have jumped off the bridge since its construction in 1932, with only 2 survivors.[5]

Name

The name comes from a nearby geographic feature named French King Rock, visible in the middle of the river.[6]

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References

  1. ^ Federal Writers' Project (1937). Massachusetts: A Guide to Its Places and People. American Guide Series. Boston, Massachusetts: Houghton Mifflin Company. p. 453. ISBN 9781603540209.
  2. ^ Massachusetts Highway Department. "French King Bridge". Boston, Massachusetts: Massachusetts Executive Office of Transportation. Archived from the original on 2006-05-09. Retrieved 2009-09-02. It is of engineering interest as an unusual development of the uncommon three-span, "cantilever arch" bridge type, in that definite reactions were jacked into its steel work at the conclusion of construction, resulting in a bridge which is structurally continuous across four supports.
  3. ^ "Project 603723R contract granted". Archived from the original on 2011-07-10. Retrieved 2008-04-08.
  4. ^ "Project status page". Archived from the original on 2009-04-20. Retrieved 2008-04-08.
  5. ^ [1](subscription required)
  6. ^ The WPA Guide to Massachusetts: The Bay State. Trinity University Press. 2013 [1938]. p. 412. ISBN 978-1595342195.