It might not be the ugliest bridge in Connecticut, but could be the least attractive one to win an award for beauty. An overpass across limited access State Route 2 at exit 22, it allows a country road on the outskirts of the rural town of Lebanon, Connecticut to span the highway below. I’d driven across the bridge several times over the years and it seemed mundane, much like any other such structure. This time, however, I noticed a low monument near the southeast corner of the span and pulled over.
Stepping out of my car, I found an angled slab of gray granite with a steely plaque attached. “Most Beautiful Bridge,” read the inscription. “Highway Grade Separation/Designed by/Storch Engineers/Awarded in 1972 by/American Institute of Steel Construction.” Clearly someone cares about the marker because in an area that could easily become overgrown, the grass was well trimmed. Except for a stray strand of poison ivy, the brush was cut back.