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Elm Street Bridge

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Photo taken by Chester Gehman in February 2017

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BH Photo #380243

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Description 

"Extension of the Berkshire Street Railway line along Elm Street in 1911 required the construction of a new bridge on this crossing. Construction was begun in April of 1911, and the new bridge was completed in October of that year. Parts of the foundations of 3 earlier bridges on this site were removed during construction, including 'heavy wood timbers twenty-five feet long, two feet square and dowelled together to make a four foot block, which must have been the sills laid by Deacon Crofut in 1754 at this site of the first town bridge.' There is no evidence of these earlier abutments currently visible."

- S.J. Roper, January 1991

Facts 

Overview
Deck arch bridge over East Branch Housatonic River on Elm Street
Location
Pittsfield, Berkshire County, Massachusetts
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1911
Builders
- Aberthaw Construction Co. of Boston, Massachusetts (designer)
- George W. Van Vranken (builder)
Railroad
- Berkshire Street Railway (BSR)
Design
Deck arch
Dimensions
Span length: 60.0 ft.
Total length: 60.0 ft.
Deck width: 38.4 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.44513, -73.24399   (decimal degrees)
42°26'42" N, 73°14'38" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/644412/4700694 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory numbers
MA P10026 (Massachusetts bridge number)
BH 67236 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 05/2015)
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 66.7 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2012)
16,642

Update Log 

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

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