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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
Adams Street (A.L. Whitney) BridgeLeominsterADAMS STMONOOSNOC BROOK Filled-spandrel, reinforced-concrete deck arch; "round rods anchored" reinforcement
Armory BridgeMedfordST 16 MYSTIC VAL PKYMYSTIC RIVER Filled-spandrel, reinforced concrete deck arch with precast elements
Ash Street BridgeWestonASH ST WESTON RESERVOIR Filled-spandrel, plain concrete deck arch, stone-faced (closed section?)
Auburn Street BridgeMedford/​SomervilleST 16 MYSTIC VAL PKYMYSTIC RIVER Filled-spandrel, reinforced concrete deck arch with precast elements
Casey BridgeLawrenceAMESBURY ST MERRIMACK RIVER 7-span, open-spandrel, reinforced-concrete deck arch; partial "common" system
Columbia BridgeHanover/​PembrokeST 53 WASHNGTON STNORTH RIVER Open-spandrel, reinforced concrete deck arch, "common" system
Converse (Main Street) BridgeWinchesterST 38 MAIN ST ABERJONA RIVER Filled-spandrel, reinforced concrete deck arch, "common" system
Cooper Street BridgeWakefieldCOOPER ST MBTA/BMRRFilled-spandrel, reinforced concrete, rampant deck barrel arch; 1997 span-over
Dedham Avenue BridgeDedham/​NeedhamST135 DEDHAM AVE CHARLES RIVER 2-span, skewed, reinforced concrete arch, "common" reinforcement
Factory (Sanford, Lincoln Street) BridgeFranklin/​MedwayLINCOLN ST, SANFORD ST CHARLES RIVER Reinforced concrete deck arch, in 1846/7 stone causeway
Hampden County Memorial BridgeSpringfield/​W. SpringfieldST147 MEMORIAL AVEAMTRAK & CONNECTICUT RIV 7-span, open-spandrel, reinforced-concrete deck arch, Melan-type
Larz Anderson BridgeBoston/​CambridgeN HARVARD STCHARLES RIVER 3-span, filled-spandrel, reinforced concrete deck arch; Neo-Georgian brick detail
Lechmere ViaductBoston/​CambridgeMBTA GREEN LINECHARLES RIVER & ST 2811-span, filled-spandrel concrete arch viaduct; with Strauss multiple-trunnion bascule
Lower Spillway BridgeClintonACCESS RD (Grove St.) LANCASTER POND Filled-spandrel concrete deck arch; cut granite facing [Wachusett Dam HD]
Mattapan BridgeBoston/​MiltonST 28 BLUE HILL AVNEPONSET RIVER Filled-spandrel, reinforced concrete deck arch, Melan system, widened 1946
MBTA, B and M RR Lowell line, 5.08SomervilleMBTA/BMRRMYSTIC VALLEY PKWYFilled-spandrel, reinforced concrete deck arch with precast elements
Meridian Street BridgeGreenfieldMERIDIAN ST GREEN RIVER Filled-spandrel, reinforced-concrete deck arch
Mile Brook BridgeTopsfieldPERKINS ROW MILE BROOK Filled-spandrel, reinforced concrete deck barrel arch, stone-faced
Mystic Valley Parkway/Alewife Brook BridgeArlington/​SomervilleMYSTIC VALLEY PKYALEWIFE BROOK Filled-spandrel, reinforced concrete deck arch; precast elements
Point Independence BridgeWarehamONSET AVE EAST RIVER 3-span, filled-spandrel reinforced concrete deck arch, part "common" system
Quinapoxit River (Thomas Street) BridgeWest BoylstonTHOMAS ST QUINAPOXET RIVER 3-span, filled-spandrel, plain concrete, closed section arches, stone-faced
Route 10 Bridge over Mill BrookNorthfieldST 10 /ST63/MAIN MILL BROOK Open-spandrel, reinforced concrete deck arch, "common" system; Art Deco detail
Section 1 (Stony Brook) BridgeSouthboroughACCESS RDSUDBURY RESERVOIR SPLLWYFilled-spandrel, plain concrete deck arch, stone-faced [Sudbury Dam HD]
Sisk BridgeChesterOLD STATE HIGHWAYW BR WESTFIELD RIVFilled-spandrel, reinforced concrete deck arch; "common" system
Upper Spillway BridgeClintonACCESS RDWACHUSETT RES SPILLWAYFilled-spandrel concrete deck arch; cut granite facing [Wachusett Dam HD]
Waterfield BridgeWinchesterWATERFIELD RDABERJONA RIVER Filled-spandrel, reinforced concrete deck arch ("common" system?)
Weeks FootbridgeBoston/​CambridgeWEEKS FOOTBRIDGECHARLES RIVER Filled-spandrel, reinforced concrete deck arches; Neo-Georgian brick/stone face
West Street BridgePittsfieldWEST ST W BR HOUSATONIC R Open-spandrel, reinforced concrete deck arch, 3-centered, partial "common" system
Woronoco BridgeRussellBRIDGE ST WESTFIELD RIVER 3-span, open-spandrel, reinforced concrete rib deck arch (deformed bar)
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