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Hotel Bridge

Leeds Hotel Bridge

Hotel Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth and Rick McOmber

Bridge Documented: July 13, 2008

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Old Shephard Road Over Mill River
Location
Northampton: Hampshire County, Massachusetts: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1880 By Builder/Contractor: Wrought Iron Bridge Company of Canton, Ohio

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
129 Feet (39.32 Meters)
Structure Length
131 Feet (39.93 Meters)
Roadway Width
11.2 Feet (3.41 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
N190270RAMUNNBI

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This nine panel truss bridge closely follows one of the Wrought Iron Bridge Company's earliest Pratt truss designs, which as the plaque on the bridge mentions, was patented in 1876. The bridge itself was actually built in 1880. The bridge retains a large lattice railing with decorative motifs... a design the Wrought Iron Bridge Company used, but of which very few known examples remain.

The bridge is 130 feet long. Bridges this long are often taller than a "normal" single span pin-connected Pratt truss bridge and feature two main sway bracing beams instead of one. The taller trusses allow the bridge to handle the greater span distances. Sometimes the Pratt configuration is substituted with the Whipple configuration in addition to the truss height increase. However, the Hotel Bridge is not taller and is not a Whipple despite its longer length. Anyone who has visited a large number of pin-connected truss bridges may notice that the Hotel Bridge looks odd with its long length and standard height trusses.

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