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Northfield Railroad Bridge


Northfield Railroad Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: October 18, 2013
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Key Facts

Northfield: Franklin County, Massachusetts
Structure Type
Metal 7 Panel Rivet-Connected Warren Deck Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal Pin-Connected Pratt Deck Truss, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1904 By Builder/Contractor: American Bridge Company of New York, New York

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
158.5 Feet (48.3 Meters)
Structure Length
705.7 Feet (215.1 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
3 Main Span(s) and 2 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

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This bridge is unusual because of its variety of spans. The three northernmost spans are riveted Warren deck truss spans. However, immediately south of these there is a pin-connected Pratt deck truss span. It is not known if this span is different because it is older (reused from a previous bridge here or moved here from another location) or because it may have a slightly longer span length for which building a pin-connected truss bridge made more sense. Finally, there is a deck plate girder span crossing Caldwell Road. This span bears a 1904 American Bridge Company plaque. The bridge sits on stone piers that have concrete on top. The stone could potentially be from a previous bridge at this location. To add to the bridge's varied history, the south abutment has concrete with a 1936 date on it suggesting a reconstruction of the abutment at that time.


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