Rating:
No votes cast

Blodgett's Bridge

Photos 

MA 55M 01

Photo taken by Don Klatt in December 2015

Enlarge

BH Photo #370372

Map 

Street View 

Description 

Replaced a pin-connected 7-panel Pratt through truss.

Facts 

Overview
Pony truss bridge over Housatonic River on MA 7A in Sheffield
Location
Sheffield, Berkshire County, Massachusetts
Status
Intact but closed to all traffic
History
Built 1925; rehabilitated 1988
Builders
- A.E. Suleski (designer)
- Berlin Construction Co. of Berlin, Connecticut
- D.B. Weden (designer)
Design
Riveted Warren pony truss with inclined upper chords
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 98.4 ft.
Total length: 105.0 ft.
Deck width: 25.9 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Housatonic River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.06972, -73.34056   (decimal degrees)
42°04'11" N, 73°20'26" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/637283/4658849 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Ashley Falls
Inventory numbers
MA S10002 (Massachusetts bridge number)
BH 19199 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 06/2015)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 33.1 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2005)
400

Update Log 

  • April 29, 2017: Updated by Chester Gehman: Bridge is closed to vehicle traffic
  • November 18, 2016: New photos from Chester Gehman
  • April 24, 2015: Updated by Ian Martin: Merged MACRIS Info.
  • October 25, 2011: New Street View added by James Baughn

Related Bridges 

Sources 

Comments 

Blodgett's Bridge
Posted April 24, 2017, by Michael Quiet (mquiet [at] gmail [dot] com)

Hopefully the builders plates were recovered by a state agency for storage and not stolen. It was the only Berlin Construction plates in a shield style I had ever seen and were pretty cool.

Needless to say though it'd be more preferable that they remained on this unique pony truss and the bridge was lovingly rehabilitated for continued use.

Blodgett's Bridge
Posted April 23, 2017, by Chester Gehman (gehmanc2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Bridge is closed; builder's plaques removed/stolen; replacement probable.

Housatonic River Bridge
Posted July 14, 2014, by Don Morrison

Looks like a pony girder RR bridge right next to this one . .