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Cape Cod Canal Railroad Bridge

Buzzards Bay Railroad Bridge

Cape Cod Canal Railroad Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: August 28, 2019

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railroad (Mass Coastal Railroad) Over Cape Cod Canal
Location
Buzzards Bay: Barnstable County, Massachusetts: United States
Structure Type
Metal 18 Panel Rivet-Connected Polygonal Warren Through Truss, Movable: Vertical Lift (Tower Drive) and Approach Spans: Metal 4 Panel Rivet-Connected Double-Intersection Warren Through Truss, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1935 By Builder/Contractor: Phoenix Bridge Company of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania and Engineer/Design: Parsons, Klapp, Brinckerhoff and Douglas of New York City, New York

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
544 Feet (166 Meters)
Structure Length
806 Feet (246 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
1 Main Span(s) and 2 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This enormous vertical lift bridge had the longest lift span in the world for many years and is also noted for its ornamental detailing. The bridge features large, beautiful riveted finials on top of the towers, and an ornamental portal brace cresting that includes the logo of the Army Corps of Engineers. The bridge replaced what may have been the first Strauss heel-trunnion bascule bridge ever built, which dated to 1910 and was a much shorter span than this bridge. The lift bridge was the longest lift span in the world until the 1959 completion of the Arthur Kill Vertical Lift Bridge, which has a slightly longer span of 558 feet.
View YouTube video showing a bridge crossing by train.
View YouTube video showing the lift bridge raising and lowering.

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Above: Historical photo showing previous bascule bridge at this location.

Historical photos below are from the Nina Heald Webber Cape Cod Canal collection.

Above: Historical photo showing previous bascule bridge at this location.

Above: Drawing of bridge.

Above: Historical photo showing bridge construction.

Above: Historical photo showing bridge construction.

Above: Historical photo showing newly completed bridge with construction crew.

Above: Historical bearing ad featuring bridge.

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