Demolition of the Hope Street
    Bridge, December 1979.

                                               The Hope Street Bridge

        Abandonment of the 56 year-old Hope Street Bridge will ring down the curtain
    of a bit of history that was peculiar to this town. The proposal to eliminate the
    structure rather than expend more than $77,000 on repairs will be up for a town-
    wide vote at the March Town Meeting.

        The bridge was constructed in 1902 by Giacomo Cenedella, contractor, at a
    cost of $37,500.  It is 1214 feet long, and its steel work extends for 695 feet.  he
    bridge surface is wooden, and wooden sidewalks line both sides, with a heavy iron
    railing protecting users along its whole length.

        The bridge is believed to be the only one of its type in New England.  It enables
    traffic to flow over the Grafton & Upton Railroad tracks, used by Draper

        It links two sections of town as the fastest means of access.  Another route is
    available over the Freedom Street Bridge, around the Draper plant, and from
    Mendon Street, over a dirt road which leads to the large Draper factory parking lot
    off Hope Street.

        Traffic counters in operation on the Hope Street Bridge have totaled up the
    passage of 705 vehicles during an average 24-hour period.  This contrasts with
    1783 vehicles over the Freedom Street Bridge.

        The committee assigned to investigate the situation came up with a detailed
    report, proposing to build an extension of Adin Street that would cross the G & U
    tracks, affording entry into the Hope and Cemetery Street area.

        The Milford  Daily News article above then gives the complete report of the
    committee, detailing the causes and degree of deterioration of the bridge, cost of
    repair and upkeep, and alternatives to saving the bridge.  The full report can be
    found at the Bancroft Memorial Library or the Milford Library in the article printed
    in the Milford News on June 16, 1958.  The bridge was closed to vehicles for many
    years and finally dismantled in 1979. Discussion of what to do about the  bridge
    had gone on and on for years. Many articles on the matter can be found in the
    Milford News.

                                    Now and Then - The Hope Street Bridge      

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The bridge during
the 1955 flood.