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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
Agassiz BridgeBostonAGASSIZ RD MUDDY RIVER 5-span, brick barrel arches, mortared puddingstone rubble face rings, spandrels
Ames Street BridgeDedhamAMES ST CHARLES RIVER 4-span, dry-laid, split granite(?) arches; concrete extensions
Arch Street (Three Arch) BridgeWest BridgewaterARCH ST TOWN RIVER 3-span, dry-laid fieldstone arches; added concrete copings
Assabet River BridgeNorthboroughWACHUSETT AQUEDUCTHUDSON ST & ASSABET RIV7-span, mortared, cut granite round arches, carrying brick aqueduct conduit
Bartletts BridgeOxfordCLARA BARTON RDFRENCH RIVER Mortared, split (face ring voussoirs cut) granite arch
Blackstone ViaductBlackstoneRAIL TRAILMILL ST, FARNUM STStone arch viaduct; concrete-encased 1918
Boylston Street BridgeBostonBOYLSTON ST MUDDY RIVER Brick barrel arch, spiral-coursed; mortared cut stone face rings and spandrels
Bridge #5 in Stone Arch Railroad Bridge HDBecket/​MiddlefieldRAIL TRAILW BR WESTFIELD RIVDry-laid, cut granite arch
Bridge #6 in Stone Arch Railroad Bridge HDBecket/​MiddlefieldRAIL TRAILW BR WESTFIELD RIVDry-laid, cut granite arch
Bridge #8 in Stone Arch Railroad Bridge HDMiddlefieldCSX TOWN HILL RD&FACTORY BKMortared, cut granite arch; concrete arch extension
Bridge at Factory HillMethuenOSGOOD ST SPICKET RIVER Originally dry-laid(?) split granite arch
Broadway Bridge over Western CanalLowellBROADWAY WESTERN CANAL 1833 dry-laid, chisel-split granite arch; 1883 mortared, cut granite extension
Brookline Avenue BridgeBoston/​BrooklineBROOKLINE AVEMUDDY RIVER Brick barrel arch, mortared cut granite face rings, spandrels
Cart BridgeDedhamST109 BRIDGE ST CHARLES RIVER 3-span, dry-laid, cut granite arches, semi-elliptical
Center Street BridgeBrocktonMBTA/CSXST123 CENTER ST Mortared, cut granite arch [Brockton Viaduct]
Central Street BridgeFall RiverCENTRAL ST QUEQUECHAN RIVER Mortared, cut granite arch
Charles Eliot BridgeMiltonSKY LINE TRLDRAINAGE DITCH Mortared granite arch, with bench and memorial tablet
Choate BridgeIpswichST 1 A/S MAIN ST IPSWICH RIVER 2-span, mortared, roughly cut granite arches; 1838 dry-laid split granite extension
County Street BridgeIpswichCOUNTY ST IPSWICH RIVER 3-span, cut granite arches in stone-faced causeway; gunited
Court Street BridgeBrocktonMBTA/CSXCOURT ST Mortared, cut granite arch [Brockton Viaduct]
Crane Meadow Road ArchMarlboroughFOREBAY (Cr Meadow Rd) WACHUSETT AQUEDUCT Mortared, cut granite arch
Crescent Street BridgeBrocktonMBTA/CSXST 27 CRESCENT ST Mortared, cut granite arch; "false skew" arch construction [Brockton Viaduct]
Deerfoot Road (Flagg Road) BridgeSouthboroughDEERFOOT RD WACHUSETT AQUEDUCT Mortared, cut granite arch [Wachusett Aqueduct Linear District]
Derby BridgeConcordST 62 MAIN ST ASSABET RIVER Mortared granite arch, w/ cut face rings, split(?) sheeting; concrete extension 1902
Echo BridgeNeedham/​NewtonSUDBURY AQUEDUCTELLIS ST & CHARLES R6-span, cut granite arch, carrying brick aqueduct conduit
Elliott Street (Cooks) BridgeNeedham/​NewtonCENTRAL AVE CHARLES RIVER 3-span, dry-laid, split granite arches; extended 1897
Elliott Street BridgeBrocktonMBTA/CSXELLIOT ST Mortared, cut granite arch [Brockton Viaduct]
Elm Street BridgeFreetownST 79 ELM STASSONET RIVER 3-span, dry-laid, slatey fieldstone (?) arches; north face reworked
Essex Street BridgeAndoverESSEX ST SHAWSHEEN RIVER Dry-laid, split granite arch; extended in concrete
Fen BridgeBostonAVENUE LOUIS PASTEURMUDDY RIVER Brick barrel arch, mortared puddingstone rubble face rings, spandrels
Flints BridgeConcordMONUMENT ST CONCORD RIVER 4-span, mortared, low-rise segmental cut granite arches
Forest Hills Entrance BridgeBostonFRANKLIN PARK ENTRYCEMETERY RD Brick barrel arch, mortared cut stone face rings and spandrels
Forge Pond BridgeCantonMBTAKINGSLEY POND Original "rubble-stone" arch, reinforced 1887 by "Beton process" concrete liner
former Chestnut Hill Road BridgeSouthboroughABANDONED RDWACHUSETT AQUEDUCT Mortared, cut granite arch [Wachusett Aqueduct Linear District]
George J. Roper BridgeBoston/​MiltonADAMS ST NEPONSET RIVER 1765: 3 spans, dry-laid, fieldstone slabs. 1847: 2 spans, dry-laid split granite arches
Glen Mills Stone BridgeRowleyGLEN ST EXT MILL RIVER Dry-laid, split granite arch
Granite Keystone BridgeRockportST127 GRANITE ST ROCKPORT GRANITE CO RR Mortared granite arch (face ring voussoirs cut/sheeting split)
Great Neck BridgeMillisORCHARD ST BOGASTOW BROOK Dry-laid, split granite arch
Green Street BridgeIpswichGREEN ST IPSWICH RIVER 2-span, mortared, cut granite arches
Gurney Road Bridge (The Gurney Culvert)FreetownGURNEY RD FALL BROOK Dry-laid granite fieldstone arch
Johnson Road (Northborough Rd #1) BridgeSouthboroughJOHNSON RD WACHUSETT AQUEDUCT Mortared, cut granite arch [Wachusett Aqueduct Linear District]
Keystone BridgeGloucesterGLOUCESTR AVMBTA Mortared, (roughly) cut granite arch
Laurel Street (New Street) BridgeFitchburgST 2 A/LAUREL STBMRR & NASHUA RIV 4-span, mortared cut granite arches, 45° "false skew" arch construction
Lincoln Street BridgeBrocktonMBTA/CSXPED WAY @ LINCOLN Mortared, cut granite arch [Brockton Viaduct]
Longwood Avenue BridgeBoston/​BrooklineLONGWOOD AVEMUDDY RIVER, MBTA GREEN LINE 1 brick barrel arch, 1 mortared cut granite arch; cut granite faces
Lynbrook Road BridgeSouthboroughLYNBROOK RD WACHUSETT AQUEDUCT Mortared, cut granite arch [Wachusett Aqueduct Linear District]
Maple Tree Crossing (Richmond Road) BridgeFreetownST 79 RICHMOND RDCEDAR SWAMP RIVER 3-span, dry-laid, slatey fieldstone (?) arches
Matfield (Belmont Street) BridgeWest BridgewaterBELMONT ST SALISBURY PLAIN RMortared, split (face ring voussoirs cut) granite arch
MBTA Attleboro line, 31.71AttleboroAMTRAK/MBTAPARK ST Mortared, cut granite arch
MBTA Attleboro line, 31.88AttleboroAMTRAK/MBTAMILL ST Mortared, cut granite arch
MBTA Attleboro line, 31.96AttleboroAMTRAK/MBTASOUTH MAIN ST Mortared, cut granite arch, "false skew" construction
MBTA Attleboro line. 31.45AttleboroAMTRAK/MBTAPECK ST Mortared, cut granite arch
MBTA Dorchester line, 9.11/Hyde Park Avenue BridgeBostonMBTAHWY HYDE PARK AVE Mortared, cut granite arch; "false skew" arch construction.
MBTA Fitchburg line, 25.03ActonMBTA/BMRRFORT POND BROOKGranite arch (face ring voussoirs, at least, are cut); extended twice
MBTA Fitchburg line, 31.33LittletonMBTA/BMRRBEAVER BROOK Split rubble arch
MBTA Fitchburg line, 6.38BelmontMBTA/BMRRCONCORD AVE Mortared, cut granite arch
MBTA Lowell line, 17.92Billerica/​WilmingtonMBTASHAWSHEEN RIVER "Rubble stone" arch; SMPA liner added 1940
MBTA Needham line, 5.83 (site of Bussey Bridge)BostonMBTASOUTH ST Mortared, cut granite round arch [Site of 1887 Bussey Bridge Disaster.]
Meeting House BridgeDartmouthRUSSELLS MILL RDPASKAMANSETT RIVER2-span, dry-laid granite fieldstone arch, rough squared face ring stones; widened
Melrose Street BridgeMelroseMBTA/BMRRMELROSE ST Mortared, cut granite horseshoe(?) arch; curved head/wingwalls
Montello Street BridgeBrocktonST 28 MONTELLO ST SALISBURY BROOK Mortared, cut granite arch
Nashua River BridgeFitchburgMBTA/BMRRNASHUA RIVER Pair of 3-span masonry arches, sandwiching (later) steel plate girder spans
Needham Street BridgeNeedham/​NewtonHIGHLAND AVECHARLES RIVER 3-span, originally dry-laid, cut granite elliptical arches
Netherlands Road (Bellevue Street) BridgeBoston/​BrooklineNETHERLANDS RD MUDDY RIVER Brick barrel arch, mortared cut stone face rings, spandrels
Newton Street BridgeWalthamNEWTON ST WATER CHARLES RIVER 4-span, mortared, cut granite arches
North Leominster (Main Street) BridgeLeominsterST 13 MAIN ST N NASHUA RIVER 2-span, mortared, cut granite arches; 2005 rehab w/ Archtec system
North River BridgeHanover/​PembrokeWASHINGTON STNORTH RIVER Mortared, cut granite arch
Northborough Road #2 BridgeSouthboroughNORTHBORO RDWACHUSETT AQUEDUCT Mortared, cut granite arch [Wachusett Aqueduct Linear District]
Oak Street BridgeBridgewaterOAK ST TOWN RIVER Mortared granite arch, w/ cut face rings, heavily grouted split sheeting
Pauls BridgeBoston/​MiltonNEPONSET VALLEY PKYNEPONSET RIVER Mortared, split granite arch (as taken down and rebuilt 1932)
Pleasant Street BridgeGraftonPLEASANT STBLACKSTONE RIVER 2-span, mortared granite arches; face ring voussoirs cut, arch sheeting split
Porters PassBrocktonMBTA/CSXPORTERS PASS Brick barrel arch, mortared cut granite face rings [Brockton Viaduct]
Route 30 BridgeFraminghamST 30 PLEASANT ST WATER STONEY BROOK 2-span, mortared cut granite arches
Sands BridgeMethuenoff HAMPSHIRE RDDRY CHANNEL2-span, dry-laid, split granite arch (abandoned)
Scarborough Pond FootbridgeBostonCIRCUIT DR SCARBOROUGH PONDBrick barrel arch, mortared cut granite face rings, spandrels
School Street Bridge over Northern CanalLowellSCHOOL ST NORTHERN CANAL 1847, 1871 brick arches; 1847 stone slab spans; 2005 concrete T-beams
School Street BridgeBrocktonMBTA/CSXSCHOOL ST Mortared, cut granite arch; "false skew" arch construction [Brockton Viaduct]
Sheldons BridgeEast BridgewaterW UNION ST MATFIELD RIVER Mortared, cut granite arch
Six Arch BridgeLowellMBTA/BMRR CONCORD RIVER 1832 stone arch encased in concrete? - OR - 1901 reinforced concrete arch?
Spring Street (Vine Rock) BridgeBoston/​DedhamST109 SPRING ST CHARLES RIVER 5-span, dry-laid cut/split(?) granite arches; later concrete arch extensions
Trapfall Brook BridgeAshbyFORMER ST 31TRAPFALL BROOK Dry-laid, split granite arch
Walden Street Cattle PassCambridgeWALDEN ST CATTLE PASSBrick barrel arch (in approach to later steel girder bridge)
Walpole TunnelWalpoleST 1A/MAIN ST MBTA/CSXMortared, split (face ring voussoirs cut) shale arch/tunnel
Warners BridgeHamilton/​IpswichHIGHLAND ST, MILL RD IPSWICH RIVER 3-span, dry-laid, split granite arches; 1937 concrete slab; flood-damaged 2006
West Elm Street BridgeHanover/​PembrokeW ELM STINDIAN HEAD RIVER Mortared, cut granite arch; 1934 concrete extension
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