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ST - Cheapside Bridge

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Cheapside Railroad Bridge - Western View

Photo taken by Ian Martin in December 2014

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BH Photo #311949

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Description 

This double-track Warren deck truss was constructed by the Phoenix Bridge Co. in 1912 as the third bridge at this location. This structure was preceded by a single-track lattice deck truss, which in turn was preceded by the original structure, a covered wooden deck truss.

Facts 

Overview
Warren deck truss with alternating verticals bridge over Deerfield River on Springfield Terminal
Location
Greenfield, Franklin County, Massachusetts
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1912
Builder
- Phoenix Bridge Co. of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
Railroads
- Boston & Maine Railroad (B&M; BM)
- Guilford Rail System (GRS)
- Pan Am Railways (PAR)
- Springfield Terminal Railway (ST)
Design
Warren deck truss with alternating verticals
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 165.0 ft.
Total length: 755.0 ft.
Deck width: 28.0 ft.
Also called
ST - Deerfield River Bridge (South)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.56993, -72.59132   (decimal degrees)
42°34'12" N, 72°35'29" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/697695/4715870 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Greenfield
Inventory number
BH 58879 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 31, 2019: New photos from Geoff Hubbs
  • January 3, 2015: New photos from Ian Martin
  • January 1, 2015: Updated by Ian Martin: Added historical, technical info.
  • November 24, 2013: Added by Luke Harden

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Comments 

ST - Cheapside Bridge
Posted October 31, 2019, by Geoff Hubbs (geoffrey [dot] hubbs [at] att [dot] net)

Tony...thanks for the confirmation

ST - Cheapside Bridge
Posted October 31, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Geoff, if you look at the Street view you can see two sets of piers on the other side of the RR Bridge that would match up to the old postcard. The larger piers would have been for the covered bridge, and the others (appear to be columns encased in concrete) that have been partially removed would have been for the trolley bridge. So I think you are correct on this location and that the roadway was rerouted to the other side of the RR Bridge.

ST - Cheapside Bridge
Posted October 31, 2019, by Geoff Hubbs (geoffrey [dot] hubbs [at] att [dot] net)

Can anyone confirm that the location of the Three Bridges is a t Cheapside (MA)? That would make the ST/B&M bridge on the left and the replacement Cheapside highway bridge on right. The trolley and covered bridges were destroyed by the flood of 1936.

ST - Cheapside Bridge
Posted October 14, 2015, by poop (moosejam [at] gmail [dot] com)

hi yes hello, i really love this bridge so very much. i have seen many bridges in my life however, i have never seen a bridge as great as this one. even though i live in california, i still cannot believe how great the bridge builders are in massachusetts