SACO RIVER BRIDGE
Conway, New Hampshire
- One-quarter mile north of N.H. Route 16 on N.H. Route 153 in Conway Village.
The bridge spans the Saco River.
- Style of Bridge:
- Paddleford truss with added arches
- Year of Construction:
- Original Cost:
- Structural Characteristics:
- The bridge is 224'9" long with clear spans of 103'4" and 95'4". It has
an overall width of 30'4" with a roadway width of 18'3" and a minimum
vertical clearance of 13'7". It is posted for six tons.
- Maintained By:
- New Hampshire Department of Transportation
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- Historical Remarks:
In 1850, Jacob Berry and Peter Paddleford built a covered bridge to replace a
crudely framed log bridge that had collapsed at this site. The 1850 bridge
stood until the Swift River covered bridge crashed into it in 1869. The Saco
River covered bridge was rebuilt by Allen and Warren of Conway but it was
destroyed again by a tannery fire in 1890. The current bridge was built by
Charles Broughton and his son Frank.
Table of Contents
New Hampshire Bridges
New Hampshire Covered Bridges
Compiled and edited by
Richard G. Marshall
Chief System Planning
New Hampshire Department of Transportation
Color photographs by Arthur F. Rounds