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West Street Bridge


View Looking East

Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

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BH Photo #148308


The western truss web on this bridge is 137' and nine panels long. The eastern truss web is shorter, at 121' and eight panels (not seven as HAER claims).

Source: Historic American Engineering Record


Lost through truss bridge over Amtrak on West Street in Westerly
Westerly, Washington County, Rhode Island
Removed but not replaced
Built 1913; removed 2010
- Amtrak (AMTK)
- New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad (NH)
- Penn Central Railroad (PC)
Skewed Pratt through truss
Span length: 137.0 ft.
Total length: 137.0 ft.
Deck width: 30.5 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.6 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.38271, -71.82676   (decimal degrees)
41°22'58" N, 71°49'36" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/263633/4585099 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2008)
Inventory numbers
RI 4010 (Rhode Island bridge number)
BH 31964 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2009)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 29.8 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • July 18, 2022: Updated by Paul Plassman: Added length (NBI is wrong), description, & categories "8-panel truss", "9-panel truss", "Riveted"
  • February 1, 2012: Updated by Robert Elder: Satellite imagery clearly shows that this bridge has been removed.


  • HAER RI-46 - West Street Bridge, West Street over New Haven Railroad, Westerly, Washington County, RI
  • HAER RI-19 - Northeast Railroad Corridor, Amtrak route between CT & MA state lines, Providence, Providence County, RI
  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com


West Street Bridge
Posted January 31, 2012, by Steve Lindsey (SteveLindsey60 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Rhode Island is like Pennsylvania. It has little interest in preserving historic steel bridges.... No evidence to date.

A very hard-headed state not given to appreciate the finer things...


Amtrak Bridge
Posted October 22, 2009, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

One of the few truss bridges in this little state, and they still can't find a way to preserve it. This bridge will be demolished: http://www.wpri.com/dpp/news/local_wpri_west_street_bridge_i...