The records consist of one copy of the historic resources archive documentation (text and photos on archival quality materials) for the Shippee Bridge No. 307 prepared by PAL, Inc. for the Department of Transportation.
The Shippee Bridge is significant as a functioning surviving example of a riveted wrought iron Pratt truss highway bridge and as evidence of Rhode Island's early attempts to accommodate the automobile age through improvements in highway infrastructure construction. The bridge's trusses, fabricated by the Boston Bridge Works, were originally part ofthe 1890 Esmond-Georgiaville Bridge that carried the Farnum Turnpike (RI Route 104) over the Woonasquatucket River in Smithfield, RI. The trusses were relocated and modified in 1935 for a skewed configuration for the present Clear River crossing in Burrillville, which replaced an earlier lenticular truss iron bridge at that location. This adaptive reuse accommodated the structure to the site and accounted for the increased weight of 1930s automobiles. It is one of eighteen remaining iron or steel public highway trusses in the state that are 50 years old or older. It is one of nine Pratt trusses, and one of five wrought iron pony trusses, the others being Bridge Nos. 301, 459, 460, and 842. Author: Matthew A. Kierstead, Industrial Historian, PAL, Pawtucket, Rl
Scope and Contents: The records consist of one copy of the historic resources archive documentation (text and photos on archival quality materials) for the Shippee Bridge No. 307 prepared by PAL (The Public Archaeology Laboratory, Inc.) of Pawtucket, Rhode Island for the Department of Transportation. The Department of Transportation interim repairs to Shippee Bridge No. 307 project was found to have an adverse effect on the Shippee Bridge No. 307, a historic property that was determined eligible for listing in the the National Register of Historic Places through consensus between the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission (RIHPHC) and the Federal Highway Administration.