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Piercevale Road Bridge

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Description 

"NY NH & H RR records indicate that this bridge was originally built in 1878 and rebuilt just 9 years later, in 1887. Structural evidence (missing and/or non-matching at all upper chord splice and cover plates) suggests that these trusses were disassembled and moved at an early date, while the very heavy proportions of the individual members suggest that these trusses were originally designed to carry railroad loadings, not the much lighter highway loadings of the period. It would seem plausible to suggest that these trusses were built in 1878 as part of a railroad bridge at some other location, and were moved and re-erected here as a highway bridge in 1887. This move and conversion may well have been prompted by the catastrophic collapse of the Bussey Bridge in Dedham on March 14, 1887. The Bussey Bridge disaster, which claimed 23 lives, caused many railroads to reconsider the adequacy of their metal truss roadway bridges, and to begin replacing those whose adequacy was at all questionable."

-S.J. Roper, MDPW, 5/1989

Facts 

Overview
Pony truss bridge over Massachusetts Coastal Railroad on Piercevle Road in Wareham
Location
Wareham, Plymouth County, Massachusetts
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1878; relocated here 1887; rehabilitated 1996
Builder
- Keystone Bridge Co. of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Railroads
- Bay Colony Railroad (BCLR)
- Massachusetts Coastal Railroad (MC)
- New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad (NH)
Design
Pratt pony truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 54.1 ft.
Total length: 63.0 ft.
Deck width: 32.0 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
NYNH&H Cape Main Bridge No. 45.38
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.79125, -70.76976   (decimal degrees)
41°47'29" N, 70°46'11" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/352951/4628113 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Snipatuit Pond
Inventory numbers
MA W06008 (Massachusetts bridge number)
BH 19434 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 12/2015)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Appraisal: Functionally obsolete
Sufficiency rating: 58.8 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
1,200

Update Log 

  • April 23, 2015: Updated by Ian Martin: Merged MACRIS Info.
  • August 12, 2014: New Street View added by Ian Martin