Fair Is Ferry

Fair Is Ferry

A photo essay.

The State Street Bridge reopened in August 2015, about four years and $23 million late. Spanning the Mill River between Upper State Street and Fair Haven, the restoration project became official policy in 2008 when the Board of Alders approved it.

That same year, on September 13, there was other bridge news: a restoration project had been completed, this one spanning the Quinnipiac. Though it cost $21 million and took nearly six years, it was actually five months ahead of schedule.

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The Ferry Street Bridge was back. Built in 1940 as part of the New Deal, Ferryโ€”an arched bridge whose central section, flanked by a couple of squat cement towers, rises to accommodate passing sea vesselsโ€”doesnโ€™t have the high-design flash of its downriver neighbor, the Q Bridge, or a memorable floating house like its neighbor to the north, the Grand Avenue Bridge.

Ferryโ€™s best aesthetic charms are subtler. They arenโ€™t the first things you see, especially from a car. But with the Grand Avenue Bridge closed for its own renovations and traffic routed southward, perhaps more people are taking a look.

Written and photographed by Dan Mims. This updated story was originally published on August 21, 2015.

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