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Charlestown Bridge

Charlestown Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth and Rick McOmber

Bridge Documented: July 12, 2008

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Rutherford Avenue (Joe Tecce Way, 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
241.2 Feet (73.52 Meters)
Structure Length
1089 Feet (331.93 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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This bridge is one of two extremely unusual swing bridges in Boston. 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 would be brought back to glory for decades to come.

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