In 1888, a suspension bridge was built over the Connecticut River between Brattleboro, Vermont and Chesterfield, New Hampshire. It lasted until 1936, when it was heavily damaged by a flood. Divers have confirmed that pieces of the old bridge still lie on the riverbed under the current bridges. In 1937, a steel arch bridge was constructed as a replacement, which received from the American Institute of Steel Construction the "Annual Award for Merit for Most Beautiful Steel Bridge, Class C" in 1937. In 2003 a new steel arch bridge was built, because of concerns about the safety of the old bridge. The new bridge has a wider deck, more overhead clearance, and utilizes suspender cables instead of thin suspender beams. The old bridge was retained as a pedestrian and bicycle bridge, and in 2010 was named by the State of New Hampshire for the former Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court Harlan Fiske Stone who was born in Chesterfield. The vehicular bridge is named the United States Navy Seabees Bridge. (Source: Chesterfield Arch Bridge Beautification and Preservation Society
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