Sakonnet River rail bridge
|Sakonnet River rail bridge|
Former Sakonnet Rail Bridge alongside the Sakonnet River Road Bridge
|Carries||Old Colony and Newport Railway|
|Locale||between Portsmouth and Tiverton|
The Sakonnet River rail bridge was a swing bridge built in 1899 by the Pennsylvania Steel Company. It was closed in 1980 after it was damaged by an overweight train loaded with military equipment. The swing bridge was left in the open position to allow boat traffic to pass but a barge ran into it in 1988. The bridge swing structure was removed in late 2006 and the supporting piers were demolished by explosion on February 9, 2007.
- Photograph of Railway bridge demolition February 9, 2007, courtesy Projo.com.
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