Bardwell's Ferry Bridge, Spanning Deerfield River on Bardwell's Ferry Road, Shelburne, Franklin County, MA
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Spanning Deerfield River on Bardwell's Ferry Road, Shelburne, MA
Find maps of Shelburne, MA
Documentation compiled after 1968.
Survey number HAER MA-98
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (FN-17).
Building/structure dates: 1882 initial construction
Part of building/structure is in Conway, Franklin County, MA.
Significance: The Bardwell's Ferry Bridge is an excellent, virtually unaltered, example of William Douglas's 1878 patent for a wrought-rion lenticular truss bridge. It is one of approximately fifty lenticular truss bridges to survive nationally, and one of only ten known surviving lenticular truss bridges in Massachusetts (eight of which are under Massachusetts Department of Public Works purview). It is thought to be the longest single lenticluar span in the state. The bridge is nationally significant as one of the longest and oldest surviving lenticular truss spans in the United States. The bridge's fabricator, the Corrugated Metal Company, became the Berlin Iron Bridge Company in 1883, and went on to become one of the leading bridge-building companies in New England in the late-nineteenth century.
Corrugated Metal Company
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)
3. Detail of west end of truss, showing truss configuration, looking northeast
4. General view from west river bank, looking southeast
5. Elevation of west portal, with steel girder approach span in foreground, looking east
6. Elevation of west portal, with steel girder approach span in foreground, looking east
7. Elevation of west portal, looking east
8. General view from center of bridge, looking east
9. General view of east end of bridge from below, looking southeast
10. Masonry pier between main span and approach span on west end, looking southwest
11. Approach span, pier and west abutment from below, looking southwest
12. Detail of masonry pier from below approach span, looking west
13. Detail of underside of main span, looking east
14. Detail of southeast endpost, showing attachment to masonry pier
16. Detail of floor beam suspension system, looking east
17. Detail of typical lower chord connection to vertical member, from east end of span, looking east
18. Detail of southeast endpost, showing upper endpost connections
19. Detail of southeast endpost, showing upper and lower chord connections at endpost
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