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VTR - Pine Street Barge Canal Drawbridge


RUT - Hastings Bay Bridge

Counterweight removed and the operator's house destroyed by fire but remains the walk way for pedestrians is combined with the abandoned bridge

Photo taken by Douglas Butler


BH Photo #284896

Street View 


Pine Street Barge Canal Superfund Site

PDF (1.6 MB)

Provided by the Environmental Protection Agency



Built circa 1920 over the Pine Street Barge Canal, this bridge allowed barge service to pass between Lake Champlain and the lumber industries along the canal.

At some point the counterweight was removed from the bridge and callously discarded on the beach next to it. The original girder span was also removed and replaced with fixed-in-place steel I-beams, so that all that remains of the original structure is the overhead counterweight support, the remnants of the concrete operators hut, and the rusting mechanisms.


Deck plate girder bridge over Hastings Bay on Vermont Railway
Burlington, Chittenden County, Vermont
Open to traffic, counterweight removed and steel stringers replaced original girder span
Built 1920 as a replacement of a 1893 span; Permanently closed at unknown date
- Pennsylvania Steel Co. of Steelton, Pennsylvania (Fabrication)
- Strauss Bascule Bridge Co. of Chicago, Illinois (Bascule Design)
- Rutland Railroad (RUT)
- Vermont Railway (VTR)
Deck plate girder bascule
Length of largest span: 31.8 ft.
Total length: 34.3 ft.
Also called
Little Drawbridge
Vermont Railway Bridge No. 265
Rutland Railroad Bridge No. 265
VTR - Hastings Bay Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.46883, -73.21859   (decimal degrees)
44°28'08" N, 73°13'07" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/641693/4925489 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 61239 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 24, 2018: Updated by Luke: Added builder from EPA Superfund Site documentation; Added said document in .pdf format
  • February 24, 2018: New photos from Douglas Butler
  • March 9, 2015: Updated by Michael Quiet: Updated with common name
  • December 24, 2014: Updated by Ian Martin: Updated railroad to VTR as this bridge is still in use, albeit fixed in the closed position
  • July 17, 2014: Updated by Luke Harden: Removed category "Questionable" as we have proof that the bridge existed.
  • June 10, 2014: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • June 5, 2014: Added by Douglas Butler


  • Douglas Butler
  • Ian Martin
  • VTrans - Bridge Inspection Photos (06/2014)
  • Michael Quiet - mquiet [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Luke


VTR - Pine Street Barge Canal Drawbridge
Posted August 26, 2021, by Joshua Moldover (jamoldover [at] oxfordjunction [dot] com)

If you read through the EPA documentation, it includes not only plans of the bridge (and the components) as built, but also states that "In March 1987, the counterweight for the bridge was removed and placed on the north shore of the barge canal outlet west of the bridge. Portions of the counterweight and associated steel framework remain in place. A portion of one side of the counterweight was cut away to permit the construction of the Burlington bicycle path bridge across the opening of the barge canal." The date the counterweight was removed and the bridge fixed in place is clearly stated.

RUT - Hastings Bay Bridge
Posted June 21, 2014, by Anonymous

Couple photos of the little drawbridge