Bennett's Meadow Bridge

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Route 10 Bridge
IMG 4004-MA-Route-10-bridge.jpg
Carries Route 10
Crosses Connecticut River
Locale Northfield, Franklin County, Massachusetts
Maintained by MassHighway
ID number N2200412EMHDNBI
Design Steel Stringer/Multi-beam or Girder
Material Steel (and concrete)
Total length 215.5 metres (707.0 ft)
Width 13.4 metres (44.0 ft)
Number of spans 3
Load limit 57.5 Metric Tons
Opened 1969
Daily traffic 4267 (2002)
Coordinates 42°41′00″N 72°28′18″W / 42.68333°N 72.47167°W / 42.68333; -72.47167 (Bennett's Meadow Bridge)Coordinates: 42°41′00″N 72°28′18″W / 42.68333°N 72.47167°W / 42.68333; -72.47167 (Bennett's Meadow Bridge)
Bennett's Meadow Bridge is located in Massachusetts
Bennett's Meadow Bridge

The Route 10 bridge, also known as Bennett's Meadow Bridge is a 215.5-metre (707 ft) steel stringer bridge crossing the Connecticut River in the town of Northfield, Massachusetts. The bridge carries state highway Route 10 and was built in 1969.

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The town of Northfield first authorized a bridge at or near the site of the current bridge in 1810. The bridge was built by a private corporation with the town holding stock. The new bridge was destroyed in a flood after only a few years. A horse boat ferry, known as Bennett's Meadow Ferry, replaced the river crossing.[1] In 1897, the state legislature authorized Franklin County to construct a second bridge at or near the site of the ferry at a cost not to exceed $35,000. The new bridge was designed by Edward Shaw of Boston and was opened to traffic in 1899.[2] The bridge was one of the first bridges erected by a then novel method without the use of false works that has since become standard procedure.[3] The 1899 bridge was later demolished and a third bridge (the current bridge) was constructed just south of the former bridge, resulting also in the slight realignment of the highway.

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  1. ^ J.H. Temple,G. Sheldon, and M.T. Stratton, A History of the Town of Northfield, (J. Munsell, 1875)
  2. ^ Massachusetts General Court, Acts of 1897, Chapter 497
  3. ^ "A Novel Method of Bridge Erection; Connecticut River Bridge, Northfield, Mass.", Engineering News, Sept. 7, 1899.