This bridge is a very rare and unusual example of a small swing bridge. Most swing bridges are much longer than this one is. As such, the bridge has an odd, short appearance which makes the bridge unique, and noteworthy. Its small size is due to the relatively small river it crosses. Large boats would never have traversed the Powwow River. This bridge is also noteworthy of an early example of a truss bridge with riveted connections. Boston Bridge Works was a pioneer in using all rigid (riveted) connections in truss bridges. Boston Bridge Works was very prolific in the state, and Massachusetts has an unusual number of truss bridges with very early riveted connections. Sadly, this bridge was altered severely in a poorly executed preservation project. The entire flooring system was destroyed and replaced with steel stringers, to which the trusses were bolted on. The trusses do not function and are merely decorations. While this solution is better than complete demolition and replacement, it is generally a highly undesirable alteration, especially when it includes destroying the flooring system. For a bridge as unusual and significant as this bridge, it would have been nicer to see a more sensitive preservation project.
This bridge is tagged with the following special condition(s): Trusses Converted To Decorative
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