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Bennett Meadow Bridge

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Mount Hermon Bridge

Moore & Gibson

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BH Photo #472517

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Description 

This was the older sister (so to speak) of the extant Schell bridge just up the river, using a somewhat similar design and construction method. Built 4 years before the Schell Bridge, Bennett's Meadow Bridge replaced a ferry crossing from which the bridge acquired its name. The bridge, no doubt owing to its large span length, survived the Great Flood of 1936 but couldn't survive modernization efforts and was replaced with a Steel Stringer bridge in 1969.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Pennsylvania through truss bridge over Connecticut River on Great Meadow Road in Northfield
Location
Northfield, Franklin County, Massachusetts
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built 1899 by New Jersey Steel & Iron Co.; Replaced 1969
Builders
- Edward S. Shaw of Boston, Massachusetts (Design)
- New Jersey Steel & Iron Co. of Trenton, New Jersey (Fabrication & Erection)
Design
3 span Continuous Through truss. River span was a Pennsylvania through truss, Approach spans Warren through trusses
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 360.0 ft.
Total length: 572.0 ft.
Also called
Mount Hermon Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.68554, -72.47319   (decimal degrees)
42°41'08" N, 72°28'23" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/707008/4728991 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Northfield
Inventory number
BH 79210 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 21, 2020: New photo from Chester Gehman
  • November 1, 2017: Added by Michael Quiet

Related Bridges 

Sources 

  • Overview of construction methods - Engineering article from 1899
  • Michael Quiet - mquiet [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Chester Gehman - gehmanc2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com