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Historic Bridge Inventory

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This list is a work in progress. It does not contain all of the currently known historic bridges within the Commonwealth, and some listed bridges likely have been removed since being listed. While it is Highway's intent to update this list periodically, it should never be taken as the last word regarding the current status of any particular bridge.

Criteria for Inclusion in the Highway Historic Bridges List:

  1. The bridge must be listed in Highway's computerized statewide bridge database and, therefore, must possess a Highway Bridge Department Number (BDEPT).
    1. [Highway's statewide bridge database is intended to include all of those bridge/culvert structures in Massachusetts that carry, or pass over, a highway open to the public. The database also includes selected railroad bridges not involving highways, particularly those owned by other state agencies and authorities, and those on which Highway or Federal Highway Administration funds have been expended.]
  2. Highway must possess evidence that the bridge has been individually listed in, or has been found eligible for individual listing in, the National Register of Historic Places. Bridges that have been found to be contributing elements within National Register-listed or -eligible historic districts, but that do not appear to possess characteristics that would qualify them for individual listing in the National Register, are NOT included in the list.
Bridge NameTown NameFacility carriedFeature IntersectedSummary Structural Description
Bailey Memorial/Powow River BridgeAmesburyMAIN ST POWWOW RIVER Wrought iron through truss, rim-bearing swing; new structure inserted 1998
Blynman BridgeGloucesterST127 WESTERN AVE BLYNMAN CANAL Double-leaf, steel, Scherzer rolling lift bascule, severely skewed
Charlestown (N. Washington St.) BridgeBostonN WASHINGTON STCHARLES RIVER 3-barrel, double-deck, steel through truss, rim-bearing swing
Chelsea Street BridgeBoston/​ChelseaCHELSEA ST CHELSEA RIVER Steel, single-leaf, Strauss heel trunnion bascule
Congress Street BridgeBostonCONGRESS ST FORT POINT CHANNELStell, single-leaf Strauss multiple-trunnion bascule; plate girder approaches
Fox Hill (Belden Bly) BridgeLynn/​SaugusST107 WESTERN AVESAUGUS RIVER Single-leaf, steel, overhead-counterweight Scherzer rolling lift bascule
Kernwood BridgeBeverly/​SalemKERNWOOD AVEWATER DANVERS RIVER Riveted steel through truss, rim-bearing swing
Lower County (Basiliere) BridgeHaverhillST125 BRIDGE ST MERRIMACK RIVER [Inoperable] steel, simple trunnion bascule; open-spandrel concrete deck arches
Manchester DrawManchesterMBTA DRAWBRIDGEMANCHESTER HARBORSingle-leaf, overhead-counterweight, steel Strauss trunnion bascule
New Bedford-Fairhaven Middle BridgeFairhaven/​New BedfordUS 6 (DRAWBRIDGE)ACUSHNET RIVER Steel, through truss, rim-bearing swing
Northern Avenue BridgeBostonNORTHERN AVEFORT POINT CHANNEL3-barrel, steel through truss, rim-bearing swing
Rocks Village (Merrimac) BridgeHaverhill/​W. NewburyBRIDGE ST MERRIMACK RIVER Wrought-iron, through-truss, rim-bearing swing; with 5 truss approach spans
Summer Street Retractile BridgeBostonSUMMER ST FORT POINT CHANNELSteel, paired-leaf oblique retractile [new structural system inserted 1998]
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