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Albion Bridge


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Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

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BH Photo #145268

Street Views 


Rehabilitated two-span pony truss bridge over Blackstone River on School Street
Cumberland, Providence County, Rhode Island
Open to traffic
Built 1885 by the Boston Bridge Works; rehabilitated 1924; rehabilitated 1996
- Boston Bridge Works of Boston, Massachusetts
Two pin-connected, 8-panel Pratt pony trusses
Length of largest span: 98.1 ft.
Total length: 202.1 ft.
Deck width: 18.4 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.95314, -71.45227   (decimal degrees)
41°57'11" N, 71°27'08" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/296753/4647481 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
Inventory numbers
RI 164 (Rhode Island bridge number)
RI 1640 (Rhode Island bridge number)
BH 43225 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of April 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 64.7 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • March 14, 2021: New photos from Patrick Gurwell
  • July 14, 2016: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added categories "Pin-connected", "Riveted"
  • November 11, 2013: New Street View added by Luke Harden
  • November 11, 2013: New photos from Marc N Belanger
  • October 18, 2010: New Street View added by Craig Philpott
  • August 15, 2009: Added by James Baughn

Related Bridges 


  • HAER RI-21 - Albion Bridge, School Street, Spanning Blackstone River, Cumberland, Providence County, RI
  • Craig Philpott - craigphilpott63 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Marc N Belanger - marcnbelanger [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Luke
  • Chester Gehman - gehmanc2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Patrick Gurwell - pgurwell [at] gmail [dot] com


Albion Bridge
Posted October 19, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Sounds like a real possibility Matthew! And if that is the case, then likely those nice cut stone abutments are gone as well.

I guess they can fool most of the people..........

Albion Bridge
Posted October 19, 2010, by Matthew Lohry

I have a theory in mind--I've noticed that the NBI now calls it a steel stringer, rather than a steel truss. Also, as measured from Google Earth, the deck width is now 24 feet between the trusses, where it used to be 18. It looks as if the flooring system was lost, along with the historic integrity. The trusses were probably kept for decorational purposes.

Albion Bridge
Posted October 19, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Kinda what I was thinking Craig.....how can a bridge be lost in 1996.......and still show on Street View? (which I'm pretty sure was not even thought of then).......I'd like to think it might (crosses fingers) still be there.

Albion Bridge
Posted October 18, 2010, by Craig Philpott (cphilpott [at] puc [dot] edu)

Bridge was extant on the date crossed by the Google photo crew.