Sunderland Bridge (Massachusetts)

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Sunderland Bridge
IMG 3833-Sunderland-Bridge.jpg
Coordinates 42°28′03″N 72°35′06″W / 42.46750°N 72.58500°W / 42.46750; -72.58500Coordinates: 42°28′03″N 72°35′06″W / 42.46750°N 72.58500°W / 42.46750; -72.58500
Crosses Connecticut River
Locale South Deerfield, Massachusetts to Sunderland, Massachusetts
Characteristics
Design deck truss
Total length 1,177 ft (358.7 m)
Sunderland Bridge is located in Massachusetts
Sunderland Bridge
Sunderland Bridge
Location in Massachusetts

The Sunderland Bridge is a crossing over the Connecticut River in western Massachusetts, connecting the towns of South Deerfield and Sunderland, carrying Massachusetts Route 116.

History and construction of the bridge[edit]

There was at least one preceding bridge at this location, a metal through-truss bridge destroyed by the floating Montague City Covered Bridge during the Flood of 1936.[1]

The current Sunderland Bridge is a deck truss bridge completed in 1937. Reconstruction of the bridge was completed in 1994. Replacement of the original art deco railings by modern ones was controversial.[2]

Dedication plaque

References[edit]

  1. ^ Klekowski, Ed; Wilda, Elizabeth; Klekowski, Libby (2003). The Great Flood of 1936: The Connecticut River Story (DVD). Springfield, Massachusetts: WGBY. Event occurs at 16:00. OCLC 58055715. Retrieved 16 November 2011. 
  2. ^ "Design Alternatives for Rural Roads" (PDF). Franklin Regional Council of Governments. 

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