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Stillwater Road Bridge (Original Location)

Photos 

View From Northeast To Southwest

Photo taken for the Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #317612

Map 

Description 

The Stillwater Road Bridge No. 949 is an excellent example of a nineteenth century lenticular wrought-iron truss bridge. The lenticular truss was a patented design built exclusively by the Berlin Iron Bridge Company of East Berlin, Connecticut. Of the more than half dozen Berlin Iron Bridge Company bridges erected in Rhode Island only two are extant. This is the only surviving lenticular highway truss; the other lenticular truss bridge is the Interlaken Mill Bridge (c.1885) in the Town of Coventry. The Stillwater Road Bridge exhibits such early characteristics as patented truss configuration, pinned connections and light and narrow proportions. Original intact features include the trusses and floor system. The bridge was determined eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places on January 10, 1989.

-- Historic American Engineering Record

Facts 

Overview
Lenticular pony truss bridge over Woonasquatucket River on Stillwater Road in Smithfield
Location
Providence County, Rhode Island
Status
Relocated to Valley Falls, RI
History
Built 1885
Builder
- Berlin Iron Bridge Co. of East Berlin, Connecticut
Design
Lenticular pony truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 48.9 ft.
Total length: 49.9 ft.
Deck width: 22.0 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.88928, -71.50564   (decimal degrees)
41°53'21" N, 71°30'20" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/292121/4640518 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Georgiaville
Inventory numbers
RI 9490 (Rhode Island bridge number)
BH 31959 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 3, 2015: HAER photos posted by Ian Martin

Related Bridges 

Sources 

  • HAER RI-25 - Stillwater Road Bridge, Spanning Woonasquatucket River at Stillwater Road, Smithfield, Providence County, RI