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West Buxton Bridge

West Buxton Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: June 16, 2012

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
West Buxton Road (Moderation Street) Over Saco River
Location
Hollis and Buxton: York County, Maine: United States
Structure Type
Metal Continuous Rivet-Connected Polygonal Warren Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1937 By Builder/Contractor: Harris Structural Steel Company of New York, New York

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
1988
Main Span Length
234 Feet (71 Meters)
Structure Length
607 Feet (185 Meters)
Roadway Width
22 Feet (6.71 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s) and 1 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
3340

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Bridge Documentation

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This bridge is one of only three known examples of continuous trusses in Maine that display the appearance of a very long simple span truss supported by piers. In this design, the truss has no "cantilever truss shape." Continuous trusses of this design are also extremely rare nationwide. Each of Maine's three examples of this design are distinctly unique, each employing different truss arrangements. Despite that fact, all three were built at around the same time. It is unknown why there is such a variance in design.  The other two bridges are the Lisbon Falls Bridge and the Bar Mills Bridge. Because each bridge is rare, both in Maine and nationwide, and given the unique appearance of each, the preservation of each example should be given a high priority.

This bridge has three spans and is of a symmetrical design. The top chord is polygonal throughout the bridge, but between the top chord and end posts, there are only five slopes, similar to a Camelback type of truss. The eastern end of the bridge has a steel stringer approach span. At the western end of this steel stringer span is a stone pier that appears to predate this bridge and was likely part of the previous bridge at this location.

Information and Findings From Maine's Historic Bridge Inventory

Discussion of Bridge

The 1937, continuous, riveted, Warren thru truss bridge is technologically significant as an early application of the continuous design. The first examples in Maine were for replacements of bridges lost in the flood of March, 1936. This is one of 25 bridges built by MSHC to replace lost bridges, and it is one of three continuous-design Warren truss bridges built by the commission in 1936-37 as flood replacement bridges. All three early examples, including #3333 and #3334, are historically and technologically significant. The significance of the bridge is linked to the continuous design. The bridge is judged to have average preservation priority because an example of a bridge type that is considered common in the state.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes

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43.666250,-70.603010

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