The Washington Bridge carries the lanes of I-195 over the Seekonk River. The Washington Bridge was constructed between 1928 and 1930 to replace an outmoded 1885 steel truss swing span bridge. Consulting engineer Clarence W. Hudson of New York completed the engineering design and another New Yorker, architect Carl L. Otto, added the Classical Revival architectural details for the surfaces, towers, and decorations of the bridge to hide the raw concrete frame. The bridge was opened September 25, 1930. The bridge is an important component of Rhode Island's early attempts to accommodate the automobile age through highway infrastructure construction. The Washington Bridge is one of three major open spandrel reinforced concrete arch bridges in the state. Open spandrel concrete arch construction was an early-twentieth-century bridge construction method noted for its economy of materials.
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