Slade's Ferry Bridge

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Slade's Ferry Bridge
Slade's Ferry Bridge postcard.jpg
Coordinates 41°43′14.99″N 71°9′31.00″W / 41.7208306°N 71.1586111°W / 41.7208306; -71.1586111Coordinates: 41°43′14.99″N 71°9′31.00″W / 41.7208306°N 71.1586111°W / 41.7208306; -71.1586111[1]
Carries vehicular and rail traffic
Crosses Taunton River
Locale Somerset to Fall River
Opened 1875
Closed 1970

The Slade's Ferry Bridge was a steel swing double layered truss bridge that spanned the Taunton River between Somerset, Massachusetts and Fall River, Massachusetts. It carried rail traffic on top and included a swing span to allow river traffic through. It was built in 1875 and removed in 1970. The alignment of the bridge carried it from Remington Street in Fall River to the junction of Riverside Avenue, Brayton Avenue and Wilbur Avenue in Somerset. Originally, Route 103 continued across the river to the junction of Davol Street and Brownell Avenue, where it terminated at Route 138 and Route 6. Today Route 103 continues north up Riverside Avenue until it meets the two routes in Somerset. There is also a house located on the footing of the bridge on the Somerset side today.

Picture of the bridge with Mechanics Mill in background. The bridge's access road wrapped around the far end of the mill to connect to Davol Street.

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