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North Washington Street Bridge

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North Washington Street Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth and Rick McOmber

Bridge Documented: July 12, 2008 and August 29, 2019

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
North Washington Street Over Charles River
Location
Boston: Suffolk County, Massachusetts: United States
Structure Type
Metal Pin-Connected Pratt Through Truss, Movable: Swing (Center Pier) and Approach Spans: Metal Deck Girder, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1900 By Builder/Contractor: Pennsylvania Steel Company of Steelton, Pennsylvania

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
1956
Main Span Length
241 Feet (74 Meters)
Structure Length
1,089 Feet (332 Meters)
Roadway Width
66 Feet (20.12 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s) and 10 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
B1601637KMUNNBI

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Bridge Documentation

This bridge no longer exists!

Bridge Status: This historic bridge was demolished and replaced in 2020!

This bridge was one of two extremely unusual swing bridges in Boston, however despite their unique design and striking appearance, the city decided the best way to address these rare heritage landmarks is to remove them.

 With a truss structure that features four truss lines, this bridge is in many ways much like two truss bridges sitting side by side and sharing a single deck. This design is along an uncommon one, and coupled with the fact that it is a swing bridge only adds to the rarity of the structure.

Large, built-up floorbeams above the deck in the center of the bridge once held an elevated railroad line, removed in 1975.

This is a large and important historic bridge, and with a full rehabilitation and a fresh coat of paint it could have been brought back to glory for decades to come. Instead, this bridge is being replaced with a modern bridge with no heritage value whatsoever. For a city with such a long and rich history in America, the city has a well below average commitment to preservation compared to other major American cities like Pittsburgh, Chicago, or New York City. While some bridges have been preserved, many good opportunities for preservation have been thrown to the wind. Certainly not every bridge can be saved, but at least one of the two unique swing bridges in the city should have been saved.

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Coordinates (Latitude, Longitude):
42.368889,-71.060278

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