Cape Cod Canal Railroad Bridge
|Cape Cod Canal Railroad Bridge|
Cape Cod Canal - Railroad Bridge
|Crosses||Cape Cod Canal|
|Maintained by||United States Army Corps of Engineers|
|Design||Verticle lift bridge|
|Width||27 feet (8.2 m)|
|Height||271 feet (83 m) (towers)|
|Longest span||544 feet (166 m)|
|Clearance below||135 feet (41 m) (raised)|
|Construction begin||December 18, 1933|
|Opened||December 29, 1935|
The Cape Cod Canal Railroad Bridge (also known as the Buzzards Bay Railroad Bridge), a vertical lift bridge in Bourne, Massachusetts near Buzzards Bay, carries railroad traffic across the Cape Cod Canal, connecting Cape Cod with the mainland. While most lift bridges are kept down for land traffic to cross and lifted to allow boat traffic to pass under, the Cape Cod Canal Railroad Bridge is one of only a few lift bridges in the United States kept in an raised position and only lowered for the occasional land traffic.
Design and construction 
The bridge was constructed beginning in 1933 by the Public Works Administration from a design by firms Parsons, Klapp, Brinckerhoff, and Douglas as well as Mead and White (both of New York), for the United States Army Corps of Engineers, which operates both the bridge and the canal. The bridge has a 544-foot (166 m) main span, with a 135-foot (41 m) clearance when raised, uses 1,100-short-ton (1,000 t) counterweights on each end, and opened on December 29, 1935. The bridge replaced a bascule bridge that had been built in 1910.
At the time of its completion, it was the longest vertical lift span in the world. It is now the second longest lift bridge in the United States, the longest being the Arthur Kill Vertical Lift Bridge between New Jersey and Staten Island, New York.
Maintenance and current use 
In 2002, the Cape Cod Canal Railroad Bridge underwent a major rehabilitation, including replacement of cables, machinery, and electrical systems, at a cost of $30 million and was reopened in 2003.
The rail line over the bridge, which is owned by MassDOT, is used by Massachusetts Coastal Railroad and seasonal tourist trains operated by the Cape Cod Central Railroad. The bridge will also be used by the CapeFLYER, a seasonal passenger train that will operate between Boston South Station and Hyannis starting on May 24, 2013.
See also 
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- 50th Anniversary Cape Cod Canal Bridges, Bourne, Massachusetts 1935-1985. Waltham, Massachusetts: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. 1985. p. 4.
- Anniversary, p. 3
- Cape Cod Canal, p.6
- Anniversary, p. 2
External Links 
- Vertical Lift Railroad Bridge Brochure - U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
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