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West Branch Housatonic River Bridge

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Photo taken by Chester Gehman in February 2017

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BH Photo #380239

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Description 

"The present bridge was built as a combined effort of the City of Pittsfield and the Pittsfield Electric Street Railway Co., with the P.E.S.R.Co. to pay 1/3 of the cost. The Pittsfield Board of Public Works determined to build a "concrete steel" bridge, and hired Leonard C. Wason, president of the Aberthaw Construction Co., to design it. Construction began Nov. 14, 1904, and the bridge was completed to the top of the spandrel walls before the end of the year. The railings were put in, and the bridge was opened to traffic the following March."

-S.J. Roper, January 1991

Facts 

Overview
Concrete arch bridge over West Branch Housatonic River on West Street in Pittsfield
Location
Pittsfield, Berkshire County, Massachusetts
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1904
Builders
- Aberthaw Construction Co. of Boston, Massachusetts (Leonard C. Wason, designer)
- W.N. Flynt Granite Co.
Railroads
- Berkshire Street Railway (BSR)
- Pittsfield Electric Street Railway (PESR)
Design
Closed-spandrel concrete arch
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 33.1 ft.
Total length: 37.1 ft.
Deck width: 38.4 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.45000, -73.26361   (decimal degrees)
42°27'00" N, 73°15'49" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/642787/4701201 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Pittsfield West
Inventory numbers
MA P10035 (Massachusetts bridge number)
BH 19205 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 11/2015)
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 80.7 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2006)
5,800

Update Log 

  • February 24, 2017: New photos from Chester Gehman
  • April 25, 2015: New Street View added by Ian Martin

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