Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Pier Covered Bridge, #57

Location: East of Chandler Station and west of N.H. Route 103 on the Concord and Claremont Railroad line in Newport spanning the Sugar River.
Style of Bridge: Double Town-Pratt lattice truss
Year of Construction: 1907
Original Cost: Unknown
Structural Characteristics: The bridge is 216'7" long with clear spans of 103'0" and 98'0" with a center pier. It has an overall width of 20'9" with a railbed width of 15'0", and a maximum vertical clearance of 21'1". This section of rail line has been abandoned.
Maintained By: New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development
World Guide Number: 29-10-03
New Hampshire Number: 57

source: New Hampshire Covered Bridges

Historical Remarks:
The current bridge was built in 1907 by the Boston and Maine Railroad to replace a wood lattice bridge constructed in 1871-1872 by the Sugar River Railroad. The double Town/Pratt lattice trusses with laminated arches were long favored on the branch lines of the Boston & Maine Railroad, largely under the influence of engineer J.P. Snow. In 1900 at least one hundred of this type were in use on the Boston & Maine system. This bridge is also known as the Chandler Station Bridge. The Pier Bridge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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