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Congress Street Bridge

   


Congress Street Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth and Rick McOmber

Bridge Documented: July 12, 2008
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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Congress Street Over Fort Point Channel
Location
Boston: Suffolk County, Massachusetts
Structure Type
Metal Rivet-Connected Warren Pony Truss, Movable: Single Leaf Bascule (Heel Trunnion) and Approach Spans: Metal Deck Girder, Movable: Double Leaf Bascule
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1930 By Builder/Contractor: Boston Bridge Works of Boston, Massachusetts and Engineer/Design: Strauss Bascule Bridge Company (Strauss Engineering Company) of Chicago, Illinois

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
2008
Main Span Length
93.8 Feet (28.6 Meters)
Structure Length
547 Feet (166.7 Meters)
Roadway Width
40 Feet (12.2 Meters)
Spans
2 Main Span(s) and 8 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
B1603238AMUNNBI

Historic Significance Rating (HSR)

Bridge Documentation

View Archived National Bridge Inventory Report - Has Additional Details and Evaluation

View Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) Documentation For This Bridge

HAER Data Pages, PDF - HAER Original Plan Sheets, PDF

View Massachusetts Historical Commission (MHC) Inventory Forms For This Historic Bridge

This bridge is significant as one of the group of historic bridges on Fort Point Channel. It is a pony truss Strauss trunnion bascule bridge with overhead counterweight. The bridge no longer operates for boats and the weight portion of the counterweight has been removed, although the framework remains.

The bridge tender building is next to the bridge and has been adaptively reused as a museum. Like the nearby Northern Avenue Bridge once had, this bridge's bridgetender building is a large, sprawling building which is in stark contrast to the tall and narrow bridgetender buildings familiar to the Chicago movable bridge collection.

The bridge was being rehabbed during the visit, so photography is limited. Photos of the bridge from Historic American Engineering Record, showing the bridge before counterweight removal and also the builder plaque are shown below.

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