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Photo Challenge #306

Most Photo Challenges show just a snippet of a building or other Westport scene. Readers figure out the big picture, from a very small one.

Last week’s challenge showed a very big picture” Michael Tomashefsky’s gorgeous fall image of woods, a river, and a picture-perfect bridge. (Click here to see.)

Normally, a photo like this would be easy to identify. But this was — as one reader called it — “the hidden bridge.” Another described it as “the bridge to nowhere.”

At one point, it probably led somewhere. But now it’s in the woods. It crosses the Aspetuck River near Lyons Plains Road, near the Coleytown Road fork.

Congrats to the “06880” readers who recognized it: Andrew Colabella, Rich Stein, Iain Bruce, Karen Como, Bill Coley, Bobbie Herman, Cheryl Mayer and Bill Shaner.

Bill Coley — yes, one of those Coleys — wrote:

I think it resulted from a repositioning of Lyons Plains Road to its current position. At the time it was probably decided that it was too expensive to tear down the old bridge.

I wonder how long ago the road was moved to its current location. It had to be well before the 1950’s. I remember going by it frequently in the late ’50s. The area was very overgrown even then. Possibly a WPA project during the Depression?

This week’s Photo Challenge may be less fair than usual. But in the words of Bill Gates: “Life is not fair. Get used to it.”

(Photo/Molly Alger)

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