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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
Andover Street OverpassPeabodyST114 ANDOVER ST ST128 2-span continuous rolled steel stringer, Art Deco detail, early Rt. 128 bridge
B and A Turners Falls line, 1.59MontagueSOLAR AVE (f. S High St) BMRR (ABANDONED) Wrought iron, built-up through plate girder; lateral struts but no floorbeams
Buchanan (site of Floating) BridgeLynnST107 WESTERN AVE GLENMERE LAKE 74 spans, partly submerged concrete/timber box, on timber pile bents
Canton ViaductCantonAMTRAK/MBTANEPONSET STREET @CANTON R Facing pair of mortared cut granite longitudinal walls; solid transverse walls @ 27'6"
Central Avenue BridgeNeedham I 95, ST 128CENTRAL AVEPaired, reinforced concrete rigid frame; "Fifties Modern" detail; [Rt. 128, IHS]
Central Square BridgeLynnMBTA/BMRRUNION STConcrete-faced, built-up steel through plate girder (viaduct extension)
General Edwards BridgeSpringfieldROOSEVELT AVEWATERSHOPS POND 3 simple spans, rolled steel stringers, elaborate stone facing
High Street "Cut" BridgeNewburyportST 1A/HIGH ST US 1 Riveted, built-up steel rigid frame [Route 1 Cut, Newburyport]
High Street UnderpassDanversST128 ST 35 HIGH ST Reinforced concrete rigid frame, Art Deco/Art Moderne details
Lynn Station ViaductLynnMBTA/BMRRMT VERNON ST &Concrete-faced steel, built-up through plate girder viaduct
MBTA Marlborough line 33.79HudsonRAIL TRAILASSABET RIVER5-span, riveted wrought iron, built-up deck plate girder trestle
New Bedford-Fairhaven East BridgeFairhaven/​New BedfordUS 6 (EAST BRG)ACUSHNET RIVER 9-span, riveted built-up steel deck girder-and-floorbeam
NY, NH and H Boston - Provincetown line, 66.98SandwichOLD COUNTY RD BCRRRiveted, built-up wrought iron through plate girder with suspended floorbeam
Old North BridgeConcordOLD NORTH BRIDGECONCORD RIVER 7-span, treated southern pine, timber pile bent and stringer
Reid OverpassCambridgeUS 3 MEMORIAL DR BROOKLINE ST Steel girder-and-floorbeam, with Georgian Revival brick and granite details
Sandwich BoardwalkSandwichFOOT BRIDGE MILL CREEK Timber stringer on (some, braced) timber pile bents, 1000' long (+/-)
Washington Street "Cut" BridgeNewburyportWASHNGTON STUS 1 Reinforced concrete rigid frame [Route 1 Cut, Newburyport]
Willowdale BridgeHamilton/​IpswichWINTHROP ST IPSWICH RIVER 2 spans,1989 timber stringers on 1844/45 stone pier, abutments
Woodrow Avenue BridgeBostonWOODROW AVEMBTASteel, half-through, double-web [3-sided box] plate girder
Zakim (Bunker Hill) BridgeBostonI 93CHARLES RIVERAsymmetrical, 2-tower, steel cable-stayed; composite steel/concrete towers
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