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Burkeville Covered Bridge 21-06-01


MA 15C 1

Photo taken by Chester Gehman January 1986


BH Photo #388008



A multiple Kingrod truss design built 1873, replacing an earlier 1850 bridge destroyed by flooding. Closed after the 1938 hurricane weakened it, it underwent major repairs; a roof collapse in 1975 from heavy snowfall closed it again. Repaired, it was closed again in 1985 for safety reasons. After renovations in 2013, it was again opened to vehicle traffic. The bridge is named for Edmund Burke, who founded the first woolen mill in town in 1837.


Howe through truss bridge over South River on Main Poland Road in Conway
Conway, Franklin County, Massachusetts
Built 1870
Howe through truss
Truss is a modified Howe: a kingpost with vertical iron rods, known as a "kingrod."
Length of largest span: 104.0 ft.
Total length: 106.0 ft.
Deck width: 12.8 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on September 1, 1988
Also called
Conway Covered Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.50786, -72.71098   (decimal degrees)
42°30'28" N, 72°42'40" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/688060/4708704 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Shelburne Falls
Average daily traffic (as of 2018)
Inventory numbers
NRHP 88001456 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
WGCB 21-06-01 (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
MA C20009 (Massachusetts bridge number)
BH 59552 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 51.3 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • August 20, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • January 8, 2021: Updated by Josh Schmid: Linked to NBI
  • May 28, 2020: New photo from Chester Gehman
  • May 3, 2020: Updated by Chester Gehman: Added description
  • April 25, 2017: New photos from Chester Gehman
  • February 4, 2014: Added by Jack Schmidt


  • Jack Schmidt - jjturtle [at] earthlink [dot] net
  • Geoff Hubbs
  • Chester Gehman - gehmanc2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Josh Schmid