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Arnold Mills Bridge


Sneech Pond Road Bridge

This bridge is now closed. It appears that the deck needs to be rebuilt as the framing looks to be in rather nice shape for it's age.

Photo taken by Gary H Phillips in February 2010


BH Photo #155846

Street View 


Bridge deck appears to need to be restored.

The Abbott Run Pony Bridges 

Excerpted by C. Gehman from "Historic Highway Bridges of Rhode Island

The flood of February 1886 destroyed many bridges in the town of Cumberland.The town contracted with Boston Bridge Works to provide four new bridges across Abbott Run for $22,000. Three of them remain: The Arnold Mills Bridge (the only one with a sidewalk), Howard Road Bridge, and Rawson Road Bridge. Additionally, a plate-girder bridge spanning a mill tailrace was erected west of the pony truss on Rawson Road. This is possibly the earliest Rhode Island use of metal beams as the primary bridge structure.


Pony truss bridge over Abbott Run on Sneech Pond Road in Cumberland
Cumberland, Providence County, Rhode Island
Appears to be open to pedestrians
Built 1886; rehabilitated 1985
- Boston Bridge Works of Boston, Massachusetts
Riveted, 5-panel Pratt pony truss
Span length: 62.0 ft.
Total length: 62.0 ft.
Deck width: 17.4 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Sneech Pond Road Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.97961, -71.39314   (decimal degrees)
41°58'47" N, 71°23'35" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/301736/4650282 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
RI 3010 (Rhode Island bridge number)
BH 31956 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Critical (2 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 31 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • March 14, 2021: New photo from Patrick Gurwell
  • August 22, 2014: Essay added by Chester Gehman
  • August 22, 2014: New Street View added by Luke
  • August 21, 2014: Updated by Chester Gehman: Changed bridge name to that used by h'way dept.
  • February 21, 2010: Updated by Gary H Phillips: Bridge is now closed to traffic but is still in place

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Sneech Pond Road Bridge
Posted May 7, 2009, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

With the exception of the ugly galvanized ARMCO railing, this is a beautiful pony truss. If they keep it for pedestrian use only, then they could remove it and show the decorative railing better.

Sneech Pond Road Bridge
Posted May 6, 2009, by Sterling Vernon (sterlingvernon [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge has been closed to vehicular traffic per the RIDOT for about 2 months as of 5/2009. The neighborhood is lobbying RIDOT and the town to find a way to keep it open to pedestrian traffic at minimum and to remove the unsightly "work area" closure treatment recently placed by RIDOT.