NH Route 16 Bearcamp River Bridges
Bearcamp River Bridge & Bearcamp River Relief Bridge
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Two companion bridges on NH Route 16 in Ossipee were built in 1955. One bridge spans the Bearcamp River, the other bridge spans the Bearcamp River flood plain providing flood relief. These bridges have very distinct engineering characteristics that have helped to qualify them as eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.
Both bridges are now being replaced due to deterioration that has occurred over the past 64 years. This website celebrates the old and new bridges that will be constructed beginning in 2019.
Watch the video on the lateral slide-in technology that is being used to replace the Bearcamp River Bridges.
Accelerated Bridge Construction
The bridges are being replaced by using the Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) method known as Lateral Slide-in Construction. Lateral slide-in bridge technology is one of the many tools in the ABC toolbox.
Although this technique in not new, it is being use more often to rapidly replace a bridge and limit impacts to the traveling public. The replacement of each bridge will require short-term lane closures to progress construction activities. Then, each bridge will require a complete closure spanning a a few days only.
The video on this page explains how the lateral slide-in technique will be done.
For project updates and additional information about the bridge replacement, please visit the NHDOT Project Website.