Atwells Avenue Bridge No. 975, 2010-2015
Scope and Contents
Records consist of one (1) final copy of the Historic Resources American Engineering Documentation for Atwells Avenue Bridge No. 975 by the Rhode Island Department of Transportation’s consultant, PAL, Inc. The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT), in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), is developing design plans for the replacement of the superstructure of the Atwells Avenue Bridge (Bridge No. 975) over the Woonasquatucket River, Providence, Rhode Island. The historic trusses will be removed, cleaned, painted the original paint color (based on historic paint analysis) and re-installed on a new steel superstructure as non-load bearing members. The bridge is seriously deteriorated and was damaged by flooding in March 2010. PAL completed this HAER documentation to the specifications of the National Park Service on behalf of the FHWA and the RIDOT to mitigate the adverse effects of the bridge superstructure replacement. Robert Brewster of Warren Jagger Photography, Inc., Providence completed the archival photography of the structure on November 3, 2010.
- Creation: 2010-2015
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Biographical / Historical
The Atwells Avenue Bridge (Bridge No. 975) is historically significant as a rare surviving example of an early wrought iron, double intersection Warren truss type, highway bridge. Constructed in 1875, the bridge was one of the first works of the Delaware Bridge Company, which was headed by nationally prominent bridge engineer Charles A. Macdonald. It is the oldest surviving wrought iron truss bridge in Rhode Island and one of a relative few that remain in the United States.
The National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended, was enacted by Congress to preserve and protect the nation’s historic buildings, neighborhoods, landscapes, and archaeological sites. Section 106 of the Act requires federal agencies to afford the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and opportunity to comment on activities and programs of the agency that may affect properties that are included or eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places.
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Records consist of one (1) final copy of the Historic Resources American Engineering Documentation for Atwells Avenue Bridge No. 975 by the Rhode Island Department of Transportation’s consultant, PAL, Inc.
Documentation was created by the Rhode Island Department of Transportation and was transferred from the Dept. of Transportation Engineering Division to the Rhode Island State Archives on February 19, 2015.
No accruals are anticipated at this time.
- Rhode Island. Department of Transportation (1970-) (Organization)