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West Street Bridge

Photos 

View Looking East

Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

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BH Photo #148308

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Lost through truss bridge over Amtrak on West Street in Westerly
Location
Westerly, Washington County, Rhode Island
Status
Removed but not replaced
History
Built 1913
Railroad
- Amtrak (AMTK)
Design
Skewed Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 90.9 ft.
Total length: 94.2 ft.
Deck width: 30.5 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.6 ft.
Recognition
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:
Ashaway
Average daily traffic (as of 2008)
1,300
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 

  • February 1, 2012: Updated by Robert Elder: Satellite imagery clearly shows that this bridge has been removed.

Sources 

  • 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

Comments 

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...

---SWL

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...