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Historic Bridge Inventory

Caveats & Codes

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
Aiken Street (Joseph R. Oulette) BridgeLowellAIKEN ST MERRIMACK RIVER 5-span, pinned, wrought iron lenticular through truss
Atherton BridgeLancasterBOLTON RD NASHUA RIVER Pin- and nut-connected, wrought and cast iron, Post-type pony truss
B and A RR Kingsbury Street BridgeWellesleyKINGSBURY STCSX/MBTARiveted, wrought-iron double-intersection Warren pony truss
B and A RR Marion Street (M.Tilly Cicarelli) BridgeNatickMARION ST CSX/MBTA Riveted steel double-intersection Warren pony truss
Bardwells Ferry BridgeConway/​ShelburneBARDWELL'S FERRY RDDEERFIELD RIVER Pinned, wrought iron, lenticular through truss (Douglas's1st patent)
Bay State (Clement Street) BridgeNorthamptonCLEMENT ST MILL RIVER Pinned, wrought iron(?) Pratt through truss; 1923 changes
Blodgetts BridgeSheffieldST 7 A/ASHLEY FLSHOUSATONIC RIVER Riveted steel single-intersection Warren pony truss, 4-slope upper chord
Bourne BridgeBourneST 28 CAPE COD CANAL3-span continuous, steel "swinging" deck/through truss
Butler (Lester) BridgeStockbridgeBUTLER RD HOUSATONIC RIVER Pinned, wrought iron, Pratt (Borneman-type?) half-through truss
Central (John E. Cox) BridgeLowellBRIDGE ST MERRIMACK RIVER 3-span, riveted steel cantilever/suspended Warren-type through truss
Central Vermont RR bridge 90Erving/​MontagueNECRR MILLERS RIVER, NEWTON ST 3-span, pinned steel Pratt deck trusses
Cheapside Railroad BridgeDeerfield/​GreenfieldBMRR DEERFIELD R & RIVER RD + 4-span, riveted steel single-intersection Warren deck truss
Coleman (Windsor Bush Road) BridgeWindsorWINDSOR BUSH RDPHELPS BROOK Nut-connected, wrought iron and steel, Ball "queenpost" pony truss
Connecticut River BridgeDeerfield/​MontagueRAIL TRAILCONNECTICUT RIVER Pinned, wrought iron Whipple through truss; plus 2 later spans
Cushman Road BridgeNorth AttleboroCUSHMAN RDABBOTT RUN RIVER Pinned, wrought iron Pratt half-hip pony truss; patented ribbed T members
Danforth Street BridgeFraminghamDANFORTH ST SUDBURY RIVER Pinned, wrought and cast iron Pratt pony truss, with Phoenix columns
Dry Hill Street BridgeMontagueBRIDGE ST BMRR & NECRR Riveted steel "latticed" through truss
Duck BridgeLawrenceUNION ST MERRIMACK RIVER 5-span, riveted wrought-iron double-intersection Warren through truss
East Mineral Road BridgeErving/​MontagueE MINERAL RDMILLERS RIVER Pinned, wrought iron Pratt through truss; 1 later span
Eleventh Street BridgeMontagueELEVENTH ST UTILITY CANAL 3-barrel, riveted steel double-intersection Warren through truss
Elm Street BridgeWestfieldPVRR US202 /ST10/ELM STPinned, wrought-iron Pratt through truss
Farley BridgeErving/​WendellFARLEY RD MILLERS RIVER Pinned, wrought iron Pratt through truss, with Phoenix columns
Farwell Street (James J. Harold) BridgeWalthamFARWELL ST CHARLES RIVER 3-hinged, steel, spandrel-braced deck arch; Art Deco concrete faces
Fitchs BridgeGrotonFITCH'S BRIDGE RDNASHUA RIVER Riveted steel double-intersection Warren through truss
Gilbert Road (Crossman) BridgeWarrenGILBERT RDQUABOAG RIVER Pinned, wrought-iron lenticular pony truss (William Douglas 1st patent)
Great River BridgeWestfieldUS202 /ST10/ELM STWESTFIELD RIVER 2-span, continuous, riveted steel single-intersection Warren through truss
Harris Street BridgeTauntonHARRIS ST (closed)TAUNTON RIVER Pinned, wrought-iron, Pratt through truss
Hoosac Tunnel BridgeFlorida/​RoweROWE RD DEERFIELD RIVER 2-span, riveted steel single-intersection Warren through truss
Hotel BridgeNorthamptonOLD SHEPHERD RDMILL RIVER Pinned, wrought iron Pratt through truss
Iron BridgeBuckland/​ShelburneBRIDGE ST DEERFIELD RIVER 3-span, riveted wrought iron, double-intersection Warren through truss
Linden Street Bridge (Bridge 113)WalthamBMRR ST 60 LINDEN ST Riveted, steel/iron(?) lattice through truss (quadruple-intersection)
Lower Rollstone Street BridgeFitchburgLOWER ROLLSTONE ST N NASHUA RIVER Pin- and nut-connected, wrought and cast iron Parker pony truss
Lyman Street Railroad BridgeHolyokeBMRR LYMAN ST Riveted steel sub-divided single-intersection Warren through truss; 2 DPGs
McGrath Highway Bridge over B and MSomervilleST 28 MCGRATH HWY MBTA/BMRR 2-barrel, riveted steel Parker/Camelback through truss
Merrimack River BridgeHaverhillMBTA/BMRRMERRIMACK RIVER Riveted steel single-intersection Warren trusses - 1 through, 4 deck spans
Moody Street (Textile Avenue) BridgeLowellUNIVERSITY AVEMERRIMACK RIVER 3-span, pinned steel Pratt deck truss
North Chester Viilage BridgeChesterSMITH RD M BR WESTFIELD RIVPinned AND riveted wrought iron Pratt pony truss
NY, NH and H line #65, 60.36WestfieldPVRR WESTFIELD RIVER 2-span, riveted steel double-intersection w/ sub-verticals Warren through truss
NY, NH and H line 64, 119.24/.25PittsfieldB&M; RR MILL ST & HOUSATONIC RIV 2-span continuous riveted steel(?) double-intersection Warren deck truss
NY, NH and H Providence-Worcester line, 42.67WorcesterPWRR SOUTHBRIDGE ST2-barrel, riveted steel double-intersection w/sub-verticals Warren through truss
Ponakin BridgeLancasterPONAKIN RDN NASHUA RIVER Pinned, wrought and cast iron, Post through truss
Putts BridgeLudlow/​SpringfieldST 21 CENTER ST CHICOPEE RIVER Riveted steel single-intersection Warren deck truss
Sagamore BridgeBourneST 6CAPE COD CANAL3-span continuous, steel "swinging" deck/through truss
Schell BridgeNorthfieldE NORTHFIELD RDCONNECTICUT RIVER Riveted steel, continuous/cantilevered Pennsylvania-type through truss
Tremont Station (Pierceville Road) BridgeWarehamPIERCEVILLE RDBCRRPinned, wrought-iron Pratt pony truss, moved 1887(?)
Turners Falls BridgeGill/​MontagueAVENUE A CONNECTICUT RIV AND CANAL3-span continuous, steel, single-intersection Warren deck truss, Art Deco details
Warren (Main Street) BridgeFraminghamMAIN ST SUDBURY RIVER Riveted, wrought iron bowstring arch pony truss, Warren web pattern
Whittier BridgeAmesbury/​NewburyportI 95MERRIMACK RIVER 3-span continuous, riveted steel "swinging" deck/through truss
Willimansett BridgeChicopee/​HolyokeST116 ST141/CABOT STCONNECTICUT RIV & PVRR 4-span, riveted steel Pennsylvania through truss
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