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South High Street Bridge

Map 

Description 

"This was one of a pair of almost identical, wrought iron, through plate girder overhead highway bridges known to have been built by the Keystone Bridge Co. on this, the Turners Falls Branch of the New Haven & Northampton RR, in 1880. (Keystone also built a 3-span Whipple truss bridge to carry the rail line over the Connecticut River into Montague in 1880, the southern span of the bridge still survives) The other 1880 plate girder bridge (M-28-12, Walnut St. [formerly N Main St.] over the railroad) has been removed." - S.J. Roper, MHD Historic Bridge Specialist, 6/1992

Facts 

Overview
Abandoned pony/through plate girder bridge over NH/B&M Turners Falls Branch on South High Street
Location
Montague, Franklin County, Massachusetts
Status
Derelict/abandoned
History
Built 1880
Builder
- Keystone Bridge Co. of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Railroads
- Boston & Maine Railroad (B&M; BM)
- New Haven & Northampton Railroad (NH&N)
- New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad (NH)
Design
Pony plate girder
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 31.0 ft.
Total length: 36.0 ft.
Deck width: 17.2 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
NH Turners Falls Branch Bridge 7.84
B&M Turners Falls Branch Bridge 1.59
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.58686, -72.57323   (decimal degrees)
42°35'13" N, 72°34'24" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/699126/4717792 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Greenfield
Inventory numbers
MA M-28-11 (Massachusetts bridge number)
BH 70448 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 3, 2016: Added by Ian Martin