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MBTA - Lower Shawsheen River Bridge

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Description 

"This stone arch is dated to 1847 by the Andover Historical Society Newsletter. It is constructed of coursed ashlar blocks and has concave abutments. It carries two tracks. This bridge is located within the Shawsheen Valley Multiple Resource Area and retains its natural setting." -P.K. Lazrus, MBTA Historical Property Survey Phase II, 11/1987

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In 2013, this bridge and its southern twin at Ballardville were reconstructed with a deck girder span being installed above the arch to act as the load-bearing mechanism. The arches were preserved below, but are not load-bearing.

Facts 

Overview
Stone arch bridge over Shawsheen River on MBTA Haverhill Line
Location
Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1847, reconstructed with steel superstructure 2013
Railroads
- Amtrak (AMTK)
- Boston & Maine Railroad (B&M; BM)
- Commuter Rail
- Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
- Pan Am Railways (PAR)
Design
Stone arch
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 28.0 ft.
Deck width: 30.5 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.64873, -71.15032   (decimal degrees)
42°38'55" N, 71°09'01" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/323732/4724049 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 71152 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 27, 2016: Added by Ian Martin

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