The Swing Bridge Between New Bedford and Fairhaven

The Swing Bridge Between New Bedford and Fairhaven

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I went out earlier this morning for my walk and was on Popes Island and walked over the Swing Truss Bridge there, I did take some photos but have not edited them yet but it did inspire me to do a post with a selection of shots I have taken of this bridge on various walks there

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Between New Bedford and Fairhaven there are actually three bridges, but the focus on this post is the Swing Truss Bridge and it was built between 1897 and 1899 and includes a 283.2 foot long swing truss which with its age and style Whenever I visit Popes Island for a walk, I generally walk over it and occasionally get some shots of it.

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As you will notice these shots are taken on different days at different times, some with clear skies, some with clouds and some with the colors of a nice sunrise

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When the bridge swings open of course the barriers come down and block the road for vehicles, which I can imagine for some in a rush to get somewhere could be so frustrating, but as I am generally never in a rush it doesn't bother me I just sit in the car and chill, and watch the bridge turning open to let boats through, and turning back to open the road

its normally just as its closed and the barriers are about to lift and allow the traffic to get going again I think I should have got out of the car and taken a shot of the bridge open

Maybe next time it happens to me I will think of that earlier

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I would love to actually be on the swing part of the bridge when it opens one day and ride the bridge as it swings, could make for some cool shots, but I suspect they are not allowed to move the bridge is someone is standing on it

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and a last shot to finish off the post

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And that’s all folks

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That is a beautiful shot!

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I have always been fascinated by the architecture, design and implementation of bridges. You make the structures look magical, especially in this incredible photo!

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Thanks so much I do love bridges :)

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I used to live in a town that has four draw bridges over the main river that runs between the two parts of the town. There is a saying there that you are never on time because you either get stuck by a train or a boat. Next to one of the bridges there is an old swinging bridge like this one that is stuck open. Great photos and what a cool area for you to share with us!

WOw 4 of them for sure a good excuse for being late LOL

Yeah, it's pretty crazy. They just started the process of making two of them toll bridges, so that is driving even more traffic towards the other two! They are always broken too and stuck open.

Fun variety of backdrops to this cool old bridge. I like the sunrise shots with the oranges best I think.

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impressive structure


It's amazing to see the bridge's timeless charm captured through different days and weather conditions. Your post loos very attractive to my eyes. Thanks for sharing

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I love bridges and in this case photographs taken at different times and from different angles, it's wonderful. Thank you for this @tattoodjay 😀

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Have a great day too!


The photos look great, especially the ones you took at sunset are very impressive. It is also interesting that the bridge is so huge.🌉

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Se ve un puente increíble, una gran obra de ingeniería..

Swing Truss Bridge must be one of the older bridges. I remember when I was young (well, to this day really), I wonder about living on top of the bridge. I know people don't live up there, hehehe!

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Beautiful photos, the sunrise background makes it so lovely

Nice one. Like your shots. There is something wonderful about your photography. 🙏❤😊 Thanks for sharing your expertise.

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Very beautiful photography.. reblogged ♦️

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i was on that bridge once years ago but it was open just like a normal bridge at that time

I got caught by it this morning had to wait for close ot 20 minutes as it opened boats passed and then closed again

i hope you had your camera

yeah but I was in the middle of a line of traffic so didnt get out and take photos

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