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Nuttall Gear Custom-Designed Gear Drives for Swing Bridge
Originally built in 1882, the Hines Memorial bridge crosses over the Merrimack River
between Amesbury and Salisbury, MA. The bridge features a swing span section
which pivots to allow passage of barge and boat river traffic. The Massachusetts
Dept. of Transportation commissioned a comprehensive redesign and rebuild of the
bridge which was completed in 2012. The project included the replacement of two
approach spans and the center swing span superstructures as well as the electrical
and mechanical systems.
Nuttall Gear worked with BRH Engineering to develop conceptual designs for bridge’s
new gearboxes. Once approved, Nuttall manufactured four different enclosed drives.
All units featured fabricated steel housings and all welds were inspected by an
Independent Certified Weld Inspector (CWI).
- Primary Drive Reducer: Input rating: 7.5 HP @ 1170 RPM, Reduction ratio: 175:1,
Output torque rating: 103,000 lb.in.
- Auxiliary Reducer: Input rating: 1.5 HP @ 1200 RPM, Reduction ratio: 5.06:1,
Output torque rating: 562 lb.in.
- End Lift and Center Wedge Reducers: Input rating: 3 HP @ 1725 RPM,
Reduction ratio: 536:1, Output torque rating: 88,000 lb.in.
- Custom-designed enclosed
- Four different drives were
- Fabricated steel housings