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The Mystic River...Bridge is a bascule bridge, a type of drawbridge with counterweights, that spans the Mystic River in Mystic, Connecticut in the United States.

The bridge was designed by Thomas Ellis Brown of New York (formerly Chief Engineer of Otis Elevator Company) built in 1920 (see historical marker on site) by the J.E. FitzGerald Construction Company of New London, Connecticut and is of the Strauss Heel-trunnion type. It has a movable span width of 85 ft (26 m) and a total length of 218 ft (66 m). It has a movable span weight of 660 tons, with two concrete-filled counterweights, each of 230 tons.

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bill friedlander23-Aug-2010 21:08
The counterweights look massive compared to the "delicate" superstructure. Very impressive shot of this interesting bridge. V
monica memoli10-Apr-2010 08:52
Lol. v
Doug Cruden08-Apr-2010 18:40
Hehehe...those blocks would have to be dense to counter-balance the bridge! Excellent shot Frank - a well-thought out take on the word...good one!
Mieke WA Minkjan08-Apr-2010 07:46
the weights look very impressive, a bit scary also, I hope they stay there in the sky on that day I might pass the bridge
Carl and Racine Erland08-Apr-2010 04:41
That looks kind of scary...certainly dense! Nice b&w shot
and great info...thanks! - Racine
Inga Morozoff08-Apr-2010 02:11
Yikes! I wouldn't want to be caught under there if those blocks ever decide to fall off.
Jola Dziubinska07-Apr-2010 20:14
Interesting scene.
franz07-Apr-2010 19:54
Le poids ( dense) des mots et le choc des photos! Well seen Frank.V!
Johnny JAG07-Apr-2010 19:34
They do look dense.
laine07-Apr-2010 17:31
No room for mistakes with this one!!
LynnH07-Apr-2010 15:03
Nice in B&W! There are so many details! V
Walter O. Koenig07-Apr-2010 14:58
It doesn't get much denser than this. Great shot and very effective in b&w.
Stephanie07-Apr-2010 08:39
Now that's dense!!! Excellent shot in B&W Frank!
Bernard Davis07-Apr-2010 08:30
Super shot, just right in B&W, they certainly look scarily dense to me. Thanks for the info as well. V
Yvonne07-Apr-2010 08:12
I don't think I'd even like to drive under those weights let alone walk! Wow!
Dave Hein07-Apr-2010 07:36
Gravity is pretty scary when you look at it this way.
Chris(tine)07-Apr-2010 07:03
Something a trifle scary about those weights! Certainly dense.
borisalex07-Apr-2010 04:43
borisalex07-Apr-2010 04:42
Denisty all over... what magnificient bridge and such construction! Excellent shot and find ! V.
Bill Reed07-Apr-2010 02:21
Great idea for dense, looks like a pair of Thors Hammers. Very Nice
maggie_falconi07-Apr-2010 02:16
Amazing bridge Frank! Well captured!
J. Scott Coile07-Apr-2010 00:40
Great bit of history. Mystic. I didn't know about Mystic until the movie Mystic Pizza came out in the eighties.
Cindi Smith07-Apr-2010 00:34
Wow, that is some bridge! HOpe they don't fall on someone! This is sooooo coooool!
Lady Di07-Apr-2010 00:32
Truly amazing!!
Bill Ewart Jr07-Apr-2010 00:21
I don't think I'd want to be walking around under a 230 ton block.
No wonder they put a sign to warn pedestrians to keep on the other side of the gate!!!!