Schell Bridge


Schell Bridge

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The Schell Bridge is a steel Pennsylvania truss bridge across the Connecticut River in the town of Northfield, Massachusetts. The bridge had steel plates welded across each portal in 1987, and is tentatively scheduled for demolition in late 2007 or 2008 [http://www.schellbridge.org/images/SIA_article001.pdf THE RECORDER newspaper article] ] .

Preservation Effort

[http://www.schellbridge.org/ The Friends of Schell Bridge] are earnestly working to save the Schell Bridge. A year-long engineering study was performed by the [http://www.science.smith.edu/departments/Engin/ Picker Engineering School] at Smith College which determined that the bridge is structurally sound and is a good candidate for rehabilitation.

It has been proposed that, if preserved, the bridge will be reopened only to travel by foot, bicycle, snowmobile, and emergency vehicle. It would be available for evacuations. It would also be integrated into the tri-state rails-to-trails initiative in northern Massachusetts, southwestern New Hampshire, and southeastern Vermont.

Image Gallery

ee also

* List of crossings of the Connecticut River

References

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place = Connecticut River
bridge = Schell Bridge
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upstream = Fort Hill Branch Rail Bridge (abandoned)
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downstream = Rail bridge
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