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Black River Footbridge

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Black River Footbridge

Elevation from northeast quadrant

Photo taken by Nick Boppel in August 2020

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BH Photo #478169

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Description 

This bridge at first glance has the appearance of a repurposed truss bridge that originally served a mill building, given that its western terminus is at the entrance for a business that is in a repurposed mill building, and given its proximity to a former hydroelectric power dam. However, upon closer inspection, the bridge has all-bolted connections, which suggests that the bridge is of a modern (or at least relatively recent) construction. There are bolt-connected truss bridges from the early 20th century that are historic, but these are rare. As such, it seems likely that this bridge was built recently to serve the new businesses in the old mill building, possibly as a replacement for a previous footbridge that once was here. However, it is evident that a lot of attention was paid to aesthetics and making the bridge look like it "belongs" in its setting.

Facts 

Overview
Pratt through truss bridge over Black River on Pedestrian Walkway
Location
Springfield, Windsor County, Vermont
Status
Open to pedestrians
Design
Pratt through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.30190, -72.48558   (decimal degrees)
43°18'07" N, 72°29'08" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/703943/4797411 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 90190 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 8, 2020: New photos from Nick Boppel

Sources 

  • Nick Boppel - nickboppel01 [at] gmail [dot] com