The Cape Cod Canal Railroad Bridge is a lift bridge (vertical) found in the USA (Bourne, Massachusetts to be precise). Due to its location being close to Buzzards Bay, it is also referred to as the Buzzards Bay Railroad Bridge. It is used to carry railroad traffic across the Canal.
The bridge’s construction began in the year 1933 by the Public works Administration, and its design was done by the firms- Parson, Klapp, Brinckerhoff, and Douglas, and also Mead and White ( both firms being from New York).
The bridge was built for the United States Army Corps of Engineers which operates both the canal and the bridge.
The length of the bridge’s center span measures 544 feet, and a vertical 135-foot clearance when raised above high water. Its center span weighs 2,200-tons with 1,100-ton counterweights on each end. It takes approximately 2 and a half minutes to lower the bridge, and it is kept in its raised position until a train needs to pass. The bridge has only one train track. The bridge was opened on December 29, 1935, and it serves as a replacement for a bascule bridge that was built there in 1910.
It was the longest, however, now the 2nd longest lift bridge in the USA to The Arthur Kill vertical lift bridge that links Staten Island, New York, & New Jersey.
The United States Army Corps of Engineers owns and operates the Cape Cod bridge. The bridge, in 2002, underwent a massive rehabilitation which included new painting, the replacement of machinery, cables, sheaves, and upgraded electrical systems. The total cost for this upgrade was $30 million as opposed to its original cost of $1.5million to build and in 2003, the bridge was reopened.
The bridge rail line is owned by MassDOT and is used by seasonal tourists operated by the Cape Cod Central Railroad and The Massachusetts Coastal Railroad. The CapeFLYER, a seasonal passenger train began its operation on the bridge on May 24, 2013. It operates between Hyannis and Boston South Station.
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