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NH - South Meadow Road Overpass

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NH - South Meadow Road Trestle

Bridge has since been demolished and replaced with a single-span beam bridge for the Columbia Greenway.

Photo taken by Ian Martin in January 2013

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BH Photo #311960

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Street View 

Facts 

Overview
Steel trestle over South Meadow Street on Columbia Greenway (former RR)
Location
Westfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts
Status
Replaced by trail bridge
Future prospects
To be replaced as part of conversion to trail. See: http://www.etlcorp.com/Portfolio/Current%20Work/Westfield%20...
History
Replaced 2014
Railroads
- New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad (NH)
- Penn Central Railroad (PC)
Design
Steel stringer
Dimensions
Total length: 85.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.10590, -72.74384   (decimal degrees)
42°06'21" N, 72°44'38" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/686544/4663997 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
West Springfield
Elevation
140 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 64295 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 3, 2015: New photo from Ian Martin
  • November 29, 2014: New Street View added by Ian Martin
  • November 28, 2014: Added by Clark Vance

Sources 

  • Clark Vance - cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com
  • Ian Martin

Comments 

NH - South Meadow Road Overpass
Posted January 3, 2015, by Ian Martin

A 1916 photo on the Columbia Greenway website (http://columbiagreenway.org/Railroad.php; second photo) shows a multi-span stringer/girder bridge with brownstone piers, which I would guess is this bridge's predecessor. Even though the photo is labeled as "tin bridge," a name associated with the Little River crossing just south of here, that bridge only has one stringer span on each approach. That would put this bridge's construction at mid-20th century, which is at least partially confirmed by the resemblance to the approach construction on the 1950 Salmon Brook Bridge in CT. Still a cool bridge though and a shame that Westfield decided to replace it rather than rehabilitate it for the trail.