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Charlemont, Ma. - Franklin County
Bissell Bridge
Bissell Bridge

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Bissell Bridge Portal

Bridge Statistics
County:  Franklin
Franklin County Map
Town:  Charlemont
Locality:  Charlemont
Position - Lat: 
N 42  37.899
W 72  52.140
Bridge Carries:  Bissell Bridge
Bridge Crosses:  Mill Brook
Bridge Traffic:  Pedestrian
Truss Type:  Long Truss with Variant
Long Truss Sketch
Year Built:  1951
Builder:  T.J. Harvey and Sons
Owner:  Unknown
Structure Characteristics:  Length:  92 Ft.
Span:  90 Ft.
Width: Unknown
Lanes:  2
Posted Load: None - Closed to Traffic
Posted Vertical Clearance: None
World Guide No.: 21-06-04
National Register of
Historic Places Date:


The Bissell Covered Bridge is a one span variation of a Long Truss with a total length of 92 feet. The bridge is currently closed, being bypassed by a temporary brige carrying MA 8A. The Bissell Bridge crosses Mill Brook just north of Charlemont. The bridge is the second covered bridge at this location being built in 1951.

It is difficult to get a good photo of the sides of the bridge because of under grouth on the west side and a Bailey bridge on the east side. Portal shots are easy from either side. The barriers which close the bridge protect photographers from traffic. There is a dam just to the east of the Bissell Bridge below the temporary Bailey bridge.

Parking is available on the north side of bridge along Route 8A on the east side of the road.

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Massachusetts Covered Bridges - Bissell Bridge

Truss / Arch

Photo of Bissell Bridge Truss
Bissell Bridge Truss

Location Map

Bissell Covered Bridge location map

Alongside MA 8A about 0.5 miles north of 8A junction with MA2 in Charlemont.

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