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Basiliere Bridge


Ralph T. Basiliere Bridge

Photo taken by Douglas Butler in November 2014


BH Photo #410201


Street View 


Deck plate girder bascule bridge over Merrimack River on Bridge Street (MA-125)
Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts
Open to traffic
Built 1925
Deck plate girder bascule with concrete open spandrel deck arch approach spans.
Length of largest span: 80.1 ft.
Total length: 804.2 ft.
Deck width: 45.9 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.77361, -71.07667   (decimal degrees)
42°46'25" N, 71°04'36" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/330111/4737766 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory numbers
MA H12007 (Massachusetts bridge number)
BH 52660 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of December 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 18.8 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • March 31, 2020: Updated by Nick Boppel: Added categories "Merrimack River", "Navigable waterway", "Inoperable moveable bridge"
  • November 6, 2017: New photo from Luke
  • November 6, 2017: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • June 12, 2012: Added by Nathan Holth


  • Nathan Holth
  • Douglas Butler
  • Luke
  • Nick Boppel - nickboppel01 [at] gmail [dot] com


Basiliere Bridge
Posted August 16, 2020, by Emil Geithner (egkg1 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I remember reading that the Basiliere Bridge has never actually opened. My understanding is that as the bridge was being built, the plan was to make the Merrimack navigable up to Lawrence (which clearly never happened), and the machinery to operate the bridge was never installed.

If I find a citation to verify this, I'll post it here.

Basiliere Bridge
Posted March 31, 2020, by Nick Boppel (nickboppel01 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Just confirming that I am the one who posted the comment below shortly after my visit to this bridge last fall. As I've thought about it more and looked through my photos, it is evident to me that the bridge has not operated for routine water traffic in some time. As I noted, the former steel grate deck on the bascule span has been filled with concrete, and the operators tower has been chained shut. Both of these alterations do not appear to be recent. Additionally, the lack of any traffic signals or gates on the approaches suggests that the bridge is not active.

This is interesting because both the Bates Bridge and the Rocks Village Bridge downstream are both still operable.

Basiliere Bridge
Posted September 15, 2019, by Anonymous

I don't think that the bascule span of this bridge still operates except maybe during flood conditions... I visited the bridge today and the steel grate deck of the moveable span has been filled in with concrete and the operators house tower has been chained shut.