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VTR - Pine Street Barge Canal Drawbridge

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RUT - Hastings Bay Bridge

Counterweight removed and the operator's house destroyed by fire but remains the walk way for pedestrians is combined with the abandoned bridge

Photo taken by Douglas Butler

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BH Photo #284896

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Street View 

Documents 

Pine Street Barge Canal Superfund Site

PDF (1.6 MB)

Provided by the Environmental Protection Agency

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Description 

Built circa 1920 over the Pine Street Barge Canal, this bridge allowed barge service to pass between Lake Champlain and the lumber industries along the canal.

At some point the counterweight was removed from the bridge and callously discarded on the beach next to it. The original girder span was also removed and replaced with fixed-in-place steel I-beams, so that all that remains of the original structure is the overhead counterweight support, the remnants of the concrete operators hut, and the rusting mechanisms.

Facts 

Overview
Deck plate girder bridge over Hastings Bay on Vermont Railway
Location
Burlington, Chittenden County, Vermont
Status
Open to traffic, counterweight removed and steel stringers replaced original girder span
History
Built 1920 as a replacement of a 1893 span; Permanently closed at unknown date
Builders
- Pennsylvania Steel Co. of Steelton, Pennsylvania (Fabrication)
- Strauss Bascule Bridge Co. of Chicago, Illinois (Bascule Design)
Railroads
- Rutland Railroad (RUT)
- Vermont Railway (VTR)
Design
Deck plate girder bascule
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 31.8 ft.
Total length: 34.3 ft.
Also called
Little Drawbridge
Vermont Railway Bridge No. 265
Rutland Railroad Bridge No. 265
VTR - Hastings Bay Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.46883, -73.21859   (decimal degrees)
44°28'08" N, 73°13'07" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/641693/4925489 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Burlington
Inventory number
BH 61239 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 24, 2018: Updated by Luke: Added builder from EPA Superfund Site documentation; Added said document in .pdf format
  • February 24, 2018: New photos from Douglas Butler
  • March 9, 2015: Updated by Michael Quiet: Updated with common name
  • December 24, 2014: Updated by Ian Martin: Updated railroad to VTR as this bridge is still in use, albeit fixed in the closed position
  • July 17, 2014: Updated by Luke Harden: Removed category "Questionable" as we have proof that the bridge existed.
  • June 10, 2014: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • June 5, 2014: Added by Douglas Butler

Sources 

  • Douglas Butler
  • Ian Martin
  • VTrans - Bridge Inspection Photos (06/2014)
  • Michael Quiet - mquiet [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Luke

Comments 

RUT - Hastings Bay Bridge
Posted June 21, 2014, by Anonymous

Couple photos of the little drawbridge