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Woronoco Bridge

Photos 

General View Of West Portal Elevation From Roadway, Looking East

Photo taken for the Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #289269

Map 

Description 

The history of the Woronoco Bridge is closely associated with the growth of the Woronoco Mills and the surrounding company town. The Woronoco Bridge is a good example of a relatively standard design for concrete arch bridges built in the early-twentieth century. The bridge is one of the least-altered of eight open-spandrel, ribbed-arch type concrete bridges under Massachusetts Department of Public Works purview.

-- Historic American Engineering Record

Replaced a 3-span lenticular through truss built by the Berlin Iron Bridge Co. in 1888.

Facts 

Overview
Open-spandrel arch bridge over Westfield River on Bridge Street
Location
Woronoco, Hampden County, Massachusetts
Status
Open to pedestrians only
History
Built 1923, closed to traffic 1987
Builders
- Daniel O'Connell & Sons of Holyoke, Massachusetts (Erection)
- Samuel M. Green Co. of Springfield, Massachusetts (Design)
Design
Open-spandrel arch
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 95.0 ft.
Total length: 400.0 ft.
Deck width: 27.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.16383, -72.82715   (decimal degrees)
42°09'50" N, 72°49'38" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/679492/4670251 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 61950 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 14, 2017: Updated by Chester Gehman: Added to description.
  • May 24, 2017: New photos from Chester Gehman
  • July 25, 2014: Added by Ian Martin

Related Bridges 

Sources 

  • Ian Martin
  • HAER MA-113 - Woronoco Bridge, Spanning Westfield River on Bridge Street, Russell, Hampden County, MA
  • Chester Gehman - gehmanc2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com