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Lower Bridge, Bondsville


Lower Bridge, Bondsville

Photo from MACRIS Database

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BH Photo #472600


"Second oldest of the 22 known Pratt pony truss bridges in the MDPW database. Although the original deck and stringers have been replaced, and a pair of steel I-beams on two H-column bents not does most, if not all, of the structural work, the original trusses, floorbeams, and lower lateral system appear largely intact. Structurally, the original bridge is unusual in a number of respects: the floorbeams are skewed 12 degrees from perpendicular to the trusses; the patented Wrought Iron bridge Co. verticals are used (the only other known examples in the database appear in N-16-3); the hip verticals combine a latticed WIBCo vertical and a looped road floorbeam hanger which passes over the upper chord pin (there is no lower chord pin, or connection, here); and, odd iron castings are used to maintain the alignment of the lower chord eyebars as they pass through the WIBCo verticals at the hips. In a pleasant, if unkempt, landscape setting, and historically part of an industrial community above it." -S.J. Roper, 5/11/1989

N-16-3 bridge referenced: http://bridgehunter.com/ma/bristol/cushman-road/


Pratt Pony Truss bridge over Swift River on River Street in Belchertown
Belchertown, Hampshire County, Massachusetts
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1880; lost 2005
- Wrought Iron Bridge Co. of Canton, Ohio
Pratt pony truss
Length of largest span: 77.0 ft.
Total length: 79.1 ft.
Deck width: 17.0 ft.
Skew angle
12 degrees
Also called
Swift River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.21079, -72.34646   (decimal degrees)
42°12'39" N, 72°20'47" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/719040/4676590 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
MA B05002 (Massachusetts bridge number)
BH 19336 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 22, 2020: Photo imported by Ian Martin
  • May 20, 2017: Updated by Chester Gehman: Bridge replaced