Old Drake Hill Flower Bridge, Simsbury

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Drake Hill Road Bridge, also known as the Old Drake Hill Flower Bridge, is a bridge in Simsbury, Connecticut, originally carrying Drake Hill Road over the Farmington River. Built in 1892, it is one of three surviving Parker truss bridges in the state. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. It now carries foot traffic only.
The Drake Hill Road Bridge is located a short way southeast of the town center of Simsbury. It is located between Old Bridge Road, a former alignment of Drake Hill Road, and Riverside Road, which parallels the east bank of the Farmington River. Drake Hill Road now passes to the north, crossing the river on a modern bridge. This bridge is a single-span, pin-connected Parker through truss constructed with wrought iron, cast iron and steel. It rests on brownstone abutments and carries a 12ft roadway for a span of 183ft. It has a wooden plank deck suitable for foot traffic, and its sides are adorned with planters that are seasonally filled with flowers.
The bridge was built in 1892, and is one of three 19th-century Parker trusses to survive in the state. All three were designed by J.H. Buddington, an engineer for the state highway department. This bridge was built as a replacement for a timber-frame bridge that previously stood on the site. The town recognized the need for replacing the older structure in 1890, but financing of the replacement delayed its construction. The bridge was taken of vehicular service in 1992, when the present alignment of Drake Hill Road was established. This bridge is now open strictly for pedestrian and bicycle traffic.
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  • The Flower Bridge will be closed for the summer of 2019 while the house next door is demolished and a park with water access will replace it. It is expected it will be back open filled with flowers fo...  more »
  • When I first moved to Simsbury I felt kind of bad because I had to give up my garden. My son, his wife and my grandsons brought me to flower bridge and I was so happy. It is. So beautiful.  more »
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  • The bridge is simply stunning. The flowers look like they're very well maintained and the statue adds a nice tone to it. It can be a bit crowded but if you go in the early morning or later evening it should be better. To my fellow dancers: this place is a wonderul spot to practice. While the floor may not be ideal, the scenery is beautiful.
  • Hidden away in simsbury...one of the most popular places for both locals and tourists. Summer is the best time along with Christmas time as its usually lit brightly with lights. It is a great place to take photos or have a picnic. Be courteous of the people that live in that area but otherwise they are used to visitors. Within walking distance of pharmacy, resturants, and stores.

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