The flood of February 1886 destroyed many bridges in the town of Cumberland.The town contracted with Boston Bridge Works to provide four new bridges across Abbott Run for $22,000. Three of them remain: The Arnold Mills Bridge (the only one with a sidewalk), Howard Road Bridge, and Rawson Road Bridge. Additionally, a plate-girder bridge spanning a mill tailrace was erected west of the pony truss on Rawson Road. This is possibly the earliest Rhode Island use of metal beams as the primary bridge structure.
With the exception of the ugly galvanized ARMCO railing, this is a beautiful pony truss. If they keep it for pedestrian use only, then they could remove it and show the decorative railing better.