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Janice Peaslee Bridge

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Janice Peaslee Bridge

Photo taken by C Hanchey in October 2009

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Description 

The Berlin Iron Bridge Company is usually associated its patented lenticular truss, which accounted for the majority of their bridge construction. Although less common, they also made examples of other common truss types, of which only a handful survive today. This bridge, while historically significant just as a production of this prolific 19th century bridge fabricator, is even more unique as this example is a straight Pratt through truss.

This example shows the changing times for the Berlin Iron Bridge Company as the main truss material was steel (the switch from wrought iron to steel was made about 1892), but still retains the pin-connected construction style that was used until 1900.

The bridge is incredibly simple compared to other Berlin Iron Bridge Company productions...an indication that cost was important in this area. Standard details that are seen on several other surviving examples (portal decorations, ornate builders plaque, decorative railings) are all absent on this bridge, giving it a very spare look.

This bridge received a comprehensive rehabilitation in 2005 after being closed for a couple of decades. As to be expected there was a small amount of historical integrity loss (mostly the replacement of rivets with bolts), but overall was quite good as no load-bearing modifications were made. The truss still carries the entire load and still operates as via pin connections.

Facts 

Overview
Pin connected Pratt through truss bridge over Connecticut River on Maidstone Bridge Road in Stratford
Location
Coos County, New Hampshire, and Essex County, Vermont
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1893 by Berlin Iron Bridge Co.; Closed 1990; Rehabilitated 2005
Builders
- Berlin Iron Bridge Co. of East Berlin, Connecticut (Fabrication)
- Winterset Inc. (2005 rehabilitation)
Design
Pin-connected Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 149.6 ft.
Total length: 151.9 ft.
Deck width: 8.2 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 16.0 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Connecticut River Bridge
Maidstone-Stratford Hollow Bridge
Stratford Hollow Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.65167, -71.56250   (decimal degrees)
44°39'06" N, 71°33'45" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/296814/4947450 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Stratford
Inventory number
BH 24868 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 06/2015)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Appraisal: Functionally obsolete
Sufficiency rating: 57.8 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2012)
230

Update Log 

  • August 22, 2017: Updated by Michael Quiet: Updated road name to current one; Added pictures
  • April 13, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth
  • October 16, 2009: Updated by C Hanchey: Bridge was renamed the Janice Peaslee Bridge; added bridge builder

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