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North Village Bridge

North Village Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: August 29, 2019

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Key Facts

Location
Webster: Worcester County, Massachusetts: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1871 By Builder/Contractor: National Bridge and Iron Works of Boston, Massachusetts and Engineer/Design: Charles H. Parker

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
65 Feet (20 Meters)
Structure Length
65 Feet (20 Meters)
Roadway Width
13.3 Feet (4.05 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

View Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) Documentation For This Bridge

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Relocated and preserved for pedestrian use, this bridge is one of the few surviving examples of an original "Parker truss" type of bridge, which was the patented design created by Charles H. Parker that later gave rise to the description of all "polygonal Pratt truss bridges" as "Parker truss bridges." True patented Parker truss bridges bear little resemblance to the types of truss bridges commonly called Parker truss bridges today. The surviving true Parker patent truss bridges are nevertheless among the most significant historic bridge types in the country today as examples of Parker truss bridges following Charles Parker's design. They are also significant as extremely old surviving metal truss bridges and for representing the period of experimentation in the early years of metal bridge construction in the United States. The bridge was previously located on North Main Street over French River (coordinates: 42.065086, -71.879152)

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