Simsbury’s Iconic Flower Bridge Faces Urgent Repair Needs

by Jennifer

Simsbury residents have long cherished the Flower Bridge as a vital part of their community identity. Adorned with vibrant blooms and steeped in historical significance, the bridge has been a source of joy and celebration for generations. However, its current state tells a different story—a tale of neglect and decay that threatens its very existence.


Constructed in 1892, the Flower Bridge has stood as a symbol of happiness and warmth for over a century. Yet, despite its enduring legacy, the bridge now finds itself in a state of disrepair, crying out for urgent attention. Closed off to the public since October, the once bustling landmark now stands silent and forlorn.

Jan Lintmer, chairman of the Old Drake Hill Flower Bridge non-profit and a longtime contributor to its floral displays, voiced concerns over its deteriorating condition. “We need the additional funding to address the extensive repairs required,” Lintmer emphasized, highlighting the urgent need for action.

The neglect of the Flower Bridge is evident in its crumbling infrastructure. Decades have passed since its last renovation, leaving the wood rotten and the steel rusted. Cracks and holes mar its surface, a stark reminder of the toll taken by time and neglect.

For residents like Patrick Staples, the Flower Bridge holds a special place in their hearts. “I always look forward to riding across the bridge,” Staples remarked, underscoring its importance to the community.

Beyond its aesthetic appeal, the Flower Bridge holds sentimental value for many. “They get engaged, they get married on this bridge,” noted Steven Mitchell of Simsbury, highlighting its role as a backdrop for cherished life moments.

The fate of the Flower Bridge now hangs in the balance, as the town prepares to vote on its future. Initially estimated to cost $2.1 million, the restoration project now requires an additional $495,000 in funding. While some residents welcome the investment as a testament to the bridge’s significance, others question the financial burden it imposes.

First Selectman Wendy Mackstutis sought to clarify misconceptions surrounding the project’s cost. “Taxpayers are only on the hook for the $495,000,” Mackstutis affirmed, emphasizing the importance of preserving Simsbury’s cultural heritage.

Despite uncertainties surrounding the timeline for repairs, Mackstutis expressed hope that the work would be completed by December, with the bridge blooming once again come spring. “It’s part of history,” echoed Lintmer, underscoring the bridge’s enduring legacy and its importance to future generations.

As Simsbury stands at a crossroads, the fate of the Flower Bridge serves as a poignant reminder of the delicate balance between preserving the past and investing in the future.


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