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Bates Bridge (Old)


Photo taken by Marc N Belanger in April 2011


BH Photo #270064


Lost bascule bridge over Merrimack River on MA 97/MA 113 in Groveland
Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts
Demolished and replaced.
Original swing bridge built in 1882; after fire 3 new truss spans installed in 1913-14; swing span and 2 northwest trusses replaced in 1952
- Boston Bridge Works of Boston, Massachusetts
Length of largest span: 117.1 ft.
Total length: 790.1 ft.
Deck width: 26.9 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.1 ft.
Also called
Merrimack River Bridge
Groveland Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.76389, -71.03444   (decimal degrees)
42°45'50" N, 71°02'04" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/333539/4736602 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2010)
Inventory numbers
MA G15001 (Massachusetts bridge number)
BH 19256 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2012)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 34 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • March 3, 2022: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • December 12, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • September 6, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • May 29, 2020: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • December 9, 2014: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge has been demolished and replaced.
  • November 13, 2013: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • November 11, 2013: New photos from Marc N Belanger
  • November 7, 2013: New Street View added by J.P.
  • October 7, 2013: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added common name(s)
  • October 7, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Changed type from "other" to "truss", noted its impending demise.

Related Bridges 



Bates Bridge (Old)
Posted December 13, 2018, by DMan (d [dot] murphy98 [at] ymail [dot] com)

I used to open this bridge working for a subcontrator with the MHD and it was in bad condition in the early 2000's!Iam suprized it wasnt replaced alot sooner.Thanks for posting the pics its good to see the old gal again.

Merrimack River Bridge
Posted October 7, 2013, by Ron (Rj0648 [at] comcast [dot] net)

This Bridge is to be dismantled shortly. A completely new Bridge has been built alongside the current one, and has just been opened to Traffic in the past month, Sept. 2013.