Androscoggin Swinging Bridge, Topsham

The Swinging Bridge is a pedestrian suspension bridge spanning the Androscoggin River between the Topsham Heights neighborhood of Topsham, Maine and neighboring Brunswick. It was built in 1892 for workers working at the Cabot Mill in Brunswick.DescriptionThe bridge has two steel A-frame towers, each 30ft in height, mounted on concrete abutments. Cables are suspended from the tower, supporting a wooden plank deck suspended from the cable by metal rods, and railings 3ft high. The span across the river between the towers is 332ft, and the distance between the cable anchor points is 520ft. The cable is 1.875in in diameter, with seven wires each composed of seven strands.HistoryThe bridge was constructed by John A. Roebling's Sons Company, the engineering firm that designed and built the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City and other bridges around the world. The bridge's history is closely tied to the French Canadian heritage of Topsham and Brunswick.In the early 1900s, the present steel towers replaced the original timber-framed towers. A flood destroyed the superstructure of the bridge in 1936 and it was rebuilt in 1938 by the Works Progress Administration. The current cables are original to the bridge's construction.The towns of Brunswick and Topsham created a joint committee to repair the bridge in 2000. The bridge renovation was completed in December 2006. Public parks on each side of the bridge were completed in summer 2007.A reopening and dedication ceremony was held on September 8, 2007, with two of John A. Roebling's great-great-great granddaughters in attendance.
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  • September 16, 2017
    Crossing the swinging bridge is a unique experience since it really does swing as people walk across it. It reminded me of a similar bridge in Hawaii. The bridge is part of a nice quiet woodsy riversi...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    Some interesting info about bridge. Short walk over the river. Waterview with little more to see than birds. Very calming. Can park and access on either side of bridge.  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    If visiting here, this is a great little spot for a photo op. Beautiful water, boats and scenery for your background!  more »
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  • June 26, 2017
    Nice small bridge that sways slightly as you cross it. Located in a peaceful area with a beautiful view.
  • July 3, 2017
    Beautiful bridge, up river from Brunswick. Well located and forms part of the historic river walk.
  • June 23, 2017
    Small walking bridge. You can feel it move as you walk across.
  • June 10, 2017
    Lovely views of Brunswick and the river. Great place for a picnic
  • June 8, 2017
    Very nice views and a great trail system to walk, run, or bike.

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