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Cottage Street Bridge


South elevation

Photo taken by Joshua Colella


BH Photo #233538

Street View 


This structure was originally built in 1934 in North Adams. It was disassembled in 1959 and stored in the maintenance yard of MDPW (Orchard Street, Dalton). The truss and most of the floorbeams were salvaged/reconstructed at its current location (Cottage Street). (Source: Construction Plan Set Dated Nov. 1961, Sheet 5 of 6)


Pony truss bridge over Housatonic River on Cottage Street in Great Barrington
Great Barrington, Berkshire County, Massachusetts
Open to pedestrians only; due for replacement
Built 1934; rehabilitated and moved here in 1961 to replace a lenticular truss of 1887.
Parker pony truss
Length of largest span: 123.0 ft.
Total length: 133.9 ft.
Deck width: 29.9 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.19806, -73.36083   (decimal degrees)
42°11'53" N, 73°21'39" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/635331/4673067 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Great Barrington
Average daily traffic (as of 2018)
Inventory numbers
MA G11006 (Massachusetts bridge number)
BH 19186 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 40.9 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • April 7, 2021: New photos from Patrick Gurwell
  • June 16, 2020: Updated by Chester Gehman: Bridge is open to pedestrians only and is due for replacement
  • February 24, 2017: New photos from Chester Gehman
  • January 6, 2015: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • November 7, 2013: New Street View added by J.P.
  • June 19, 2012: New photos from Joshua Colella


  • Joshua Colella
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Jack Schmidt - jjturtle [at] earthlink [dot] net
  • Chester Gehman - gehmanc2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Patrick Gurwell - pgurwell [at] gmail [dot] com


Cottage Street Bridge
Posted June 16, 2020, by Chester Gehman (gehmanc2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Great Barrington seems to be between a rock and a hard place over this bridge, and it will probably be closed until 2023. That's when state grant money will be available to replace it. Meanwhile, to re-hab the bridge would cost in the neighborhood of $400,000, a sum Great Barrington is reluctant to spend on a bridge that will be replaced anyway. So it will be pedestrians only until then.