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Mill Street Black River Bridge


Mill Street Black River Bridge

Portal view facing south

Photo taken by Nick Boppel in August 2020


BH Photo #478265


Street View 


This small warren pony truss bridge with alternating verticals has been closed to vehicular traffic, likely for quite some time given the condition of the bridge and the deck. The arrangement of the barricades do not prohibit or prevent pedestrian traffic from accessing or crossing the bridge. However, the bridge is clearly not being actively maintained anymore. The steel grate deck (or at least what's left of it) has severely deteriorated. Somebody laid down a new asphalt surface at some point, but this was clearly a cheap job as it is failing significantly. The paint system on the truss members has failed, with large portions of rust visible - although no major section loss or pack rust is visible. The bridge as of August 2020 appears to be safe for non-motorized traffic, but usage should be considered "at your own risk".

There is a small waterfall directly underneath the bridge as well.


Warren pony truss bridge over Black River on Mill Street in Ludlow
Ludlow, Windsor County, Vermont
Closed to vehicular traffic. Bridge is passable on foot or bicycle but is not maintained
Built 1929; Closed to vehicular traffic at some point between 2004 and 2008 per NBI
Warren pony truss with alternating verticals
Length of largest span: 78.1 ft.
Total length: 82.0 ft.
Deck width: 19.0 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.39456, -72.69186   (decimal degrees)
43°23'40" N, 72°41'31" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/686927/4807218 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2007)
Inventory number
BH 34073 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2015)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Critical (2 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 16.4 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • August 8, 2020: New photos from Nick Boppel
  • August 29, 2011: New Street View added by Nathan Holth


  • Nathan Holth
  • Nick Boppel - nickboppel01 [at] gmail [dot] com


Mill Street Black River Bridge
Posted July 4, 2021, by Steve Lindsey (SteveLindsey60 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Update. Bridge to be replaced with new pedestrian bridge. Restricted water flow is the reason given.