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Rabbit Hollow Bridge


Rabbit Hollow Bridge

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Photo taken by Michael Quiet


BH Photo #316380


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Parker pony truss bridge over Dog River and NECR on Rabbit Hollow Road in Northfield
Washington County, Vermont
Intact but closed to all traffic
Built 1908; Closed 2016
- New England Central Railroad (NECR)
Riveted Parker pony truss
Length of largest span: 87.9 ft.
Total length: 90.9 ft.
Deck width: 15.4 ft.
Also called
Dog River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.11542, -72.72657   (decimal degrees)
44°06'56" N, 72°43'36" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/681918/4887205 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2008)
Inventory number
BH 34024 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2016)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 14.6 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • February 23, 2016: New photos from Michael Quiet
  • February 18, 2015: Updated by Michael Quiet: Added categories "Riveted", "New England Central Railroad"
  • November 25, 2014: New Street View added by Dave King


  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Michael Quiet - mquiet [at] gmail [dot] com


Rabbit Hollow Bridge
Posted November 2, 2016, by Michael Quiet (mquiet [at] gmail [dot] com)

This little guy is in trouble:


From the report it looks like corrosion of the concrete abutment and stringer pedestals has caused the deck stringers to no longer be supported by the abutment, with the truss handling all the load. Or how the state report eloquently explained it:

"The end of the deck and floorsystem at the northern abutment is now basically cantilevered off from the last floorbeam"

Being owned by the RR instead of the state might make it easier to replace, however this bridge is listed in the States historic truss bridge plan as a top tier candidate for its feasibility of rehabilitation as opposed to replacement.

I also found it odd that this problem cropped up so quickly, with both super and substructures earning a "fair" mark only 2 years ago. Looking at photos from the inspection back in 2012 we could already see section loss and pervasive rust at the abutments. A cautionary tale how a little preventative maintenance back then could have averted this situation now.