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The Schell Bridge is a historic structure that spans the Connecticut River in Northfield, Massachusetts. This steel cantilever Pennsylvania truss bridge, designed by Edward S. Shaw, was constructed between 1901 and 1903. The bridge was commissioned by Francis R. Schell, who donated $42,000 for its design and construction. The bridge was closed in 1985 due to advanced deterioration of the steel truss members. Despite being slated for demolition, efforts by local preservationists have delayed the proposed demolition. A year-long engineering study by the Picker Engineering School at Smith College determined that the bridge is structurally sound and is a good candidate for rehabilitation.

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Mass. DOT
East Northfield St.
Northfield, MA 01360