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Mitchell River Bridge (Old)


Chatham drawbridge over Mitchell River

BH Photo #295494


Street View 


Wooden bascule bridge over Mitchell River on Bridge Street in Chatham
Barnstable County, Massachusetts
Replaced by a new bridge
Future prospects
A detailed description of plans to replace this historic wooden bridge which was the last surviving drawbridge in Massachusetts can be found in http://www.eot.state.ma.us/acceleratedbridges/downloads/chat.... New bridge to be completed in Oct 2016 and the design features a wooden superstructure, including the road surface, railings and sidewalks. Its substructure will be comprised of concrete-filled steel pilings - the parts in contact with the water - and concrete pile caps that support the superstructure.
Built 1936; rehabilitated 1980 replaced 2014
Single-leaf timber stringer bascule
Length of largest span: 22.0 ft.
Total length: 226.7 ft.
Deck width: 24.3 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Bridge Over Mitchell River
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.66988, -69.96101   (decimal degrees)
41°40'12" N, 69°57'40" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/420001/4613570 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2012)
Inventory numbers
MA C07001 (Massachusetts bridge number)
BH 19177 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of November 2012)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 45.5 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • August 7, 2017: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • August 4, 2016: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • May 3, 2014: New photo from Douglas Butler

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Posted October 28, 2013, by Will Truax (Bridgewright [at] gmail [dot] com)

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Posted December 23, 2011, by George Myers (urkreksir [at] aol [dot] com)

Will, You may want to check out my web site at www.mitchellriverbridge.com for all the latest (and earliest) on the Mitchell River Drawbridge. George

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Posted December 21, 2011, by Will Truax (Bridgewright [at] ymail [dot] com)

And the debate yet continues - http://t.co/iQZrnk86

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Posted June 14, 2011, by Will Truax (Bridgewright [at] ymail [dot] com)

Plans for rehab of the last working Wooden drawspan in America back in the news http://t.co/3yWRBIW

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Posted March 8, 2011, by Norman Pacun (clamknife [at] comcast [dot] net)

The ADT was redone in May 2010 and shown to be approximately 850 vehicles per day, confirming that this bridge services a rural collector road.