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Blodgett's Bridge


MA 55M 01

Photo taken by Don Klatt in December 2015


BH Photo #370372

Street View 


Replaced a pin-connected 7-panel Pratt through truss.


Pony truss bridge over Housatonic River on MA 7A in Ashley Falls
Ashley Falls, Berkshire County, Massachusetts
Replaced by a new bridge.
Built 1925; rehabilitated 1988; removed 2019
- A.E. Suleski (designer)
- Berlin Construction Co. of Berlin, Connecticut
- D.B. Weden (designer)
Riveted Warren pony truss with inclined upper chords
Length of largest span: 98.4 ft.
Total length: 105.0 ft.
Deck width: 25.9 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Housatonic River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.06972, -73.34056   (decimal degrees)
42°04'11" N, 73°20'26" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/637283/4658849 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Ashley Falls
Average daily traffic (as of 2005)
Inventory numbers
MA S10002 (Massachusetts bridge number)
BH 19199 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2017)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 33.1 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • June 15, 2020: New photos from Chester Gehman
  • April 29, 2017: Updated by Chester Gehman: Bridge is closed to vehicle traffic
  • November 18, 2016: New photos from Chester Gehman
  • April 24, 2015: Updated by Ian Martin: Merged MACRIS Info.
  • October 25, 2011: New Street View added by James Baughn

Related Bridges 



Blodgett's Bridge
Posted June 16, 2020, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Replacing a non-essential (its essentially a bypass of current highway alignment to the east) bridge with an ADT of 400 and a deck width that provides two lanes of traffic is ridiculously stupid.

Blodgett's Bridge
Posted June 15, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Sad ending for a unique 4-slope polygonal pony truss. Yes, hopefully the plaques went to the local historical society.

Blodgett's Bridge
Posted June 15, 2020, by Chester Gehman (gehmanc2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Bridge has been removed and construction started on a boring replacement.

Blodgett's Bridge
Posted April 24, 2017, by Michael Quiet (mquiet [at] gmail [dot] com)

Hopefully the builders plates were recovered by a state agency for storage and not stolen. It was the only Berlin Construction plates in a shield style I had ever seen and were pretty cool.

Needless to say though it'd be more preferable that they remained on this unique pony truss and the bridge was lovingly rehabilitated for continued use.

Blodgett's Bridge
Posted April 23, 2017, by Chester Gehman (gehmanc2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Bridge is closed; builder's plaques removed/stolen; replacement probable.

Housatonic River Bridge
Posted July 14, 2014, by Don Morrison

Looks like a pony girder RR bridge right next to this one . .