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Mitchell River Bridge (Old)

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Chatham drawbridge over Mitchell River

BH Photo #295494

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Overview
Wooden bascule bridge over Mitchell River on Bridge Street in Chatham
Location
Barnstable County, Massachusetts
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
Future prospects
A detailed description of plans to replace this historic wooden bridge which was the last surviving drawbridge in Massachusetts can be found in http://www.eot.state.ma.us/acceleratedbridges/downloads/chat.... New bridge to be completed in Oct 2016 and the design features a wooden superstructure, including the road surface, railings and sidewalks. Its substructure will be comprised of concrete-filled steel pilings - the parts in contact with the water - and concrete pile caps that support the superstructure.
History
Built 1936; rehabilitated 1980 replaced 2014
Design
Single-leaf timber stringer bascule
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 22.0 ft.
Total length: 226.7 ft.
Deck width: 24.3 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Bridge Over Mitchell River
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.66988, -69.96101   (decimal degrees)
41°40'12" N, 69°57'40" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/420001/4613570 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Chatham
Inventory numbers
MA C07001 (Massachusetts bridge number)
BH 19177 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 11/2012)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 45.5 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2012)
2,100

Update Log 

  • August 7, 2017: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • August 4, 2016: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • May 3, 2014: New photo from Douglas Butler

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Mitchell River Bridge
Posted October 28, 2013, by Will Truax (Bridgewright [at] gmail [dot] com)

Supporters say their ceremonial Goodbye

http://www.wickedlocal.com/chatham/news/x1803841323/Friends-...

Mitchell River Bridge
Posted December 23, 2011, by George Myers (urkreksir [at] aol [dot] com)

Will, You may want to check out my web site at www.mitchellriverbridge.com for all the latest (and earliest) on the Mitchell River Drawbridge. George

Mitchell River Bridge
Posted December 21, 2011, by Will Truax (Bridgewright [at] ymail [dot] com)

And the debate yet continues - http://t.co/iQZrnk86

Mitchell River Bridge
Posted June 14, 2011, by Will Truax (Bridgewright [at] ymail [dot] com)

Plans for rehab of the last working Wooden drawspan in America back in the news http://t.co/3yWRBIW

Mitchell River Bridge
Posted March 8, 2011, by Norman Pacun (clamknife [at] comcast [dot] net)

The ADT was redone in May 2010 and shown to be approximately 850 vehicles per day, confirming that this bridge services a rural collector road.