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Pemberton Mill Bridge

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Pemberton Mill Bridge

Photo taken by C Hanchey in August 2013

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BH Photo #273698

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Overview
Warren pony truss with all verticals bridge over North Canal on Access Road
Location
Lawrence, Essex County, Massachusetts
Status
Derelict/abandoned
Future prospects
Bridge has substantial deterioration and lower chord has started to fall away in one area. Bridge needs attention sooner rather than later to prevent it from becoming a collapse risk
History
Built 1902
Design
Warren pony truss with all verticals
Recognition
Listed as a contributing resource to the North Canal Historic District
Also called
North Canal Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.70636, -71.15488   (decimal degrees)
42°42'23" N, 71°09'18" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/323521/4730458 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Lawrence
Inventory number
BH 58791 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 9, 2020: New photos from Nick Boppel
  • February 24, 2018: Updated by Amanda: Bridge closed and at risk of collapse
  • April 19, 2015: New Street View added by Dave King
  • November 13, 2013: Added by Luke Harden

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Pemberton Mill Bridge
Posted August 9, 2020, by Nick Boppel (nickboppel01 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge has definitely seen better days. While it is in better shape than the similarly-designed truss bridge on the South Canal (which I have not had the chance to document), the lower chord of this truss bridge has started to fall away in at least one section, and there is visible deterioration across the structure. The wooden deck appears to be in good condition for now, but likely would not survive any major flooding events that rose the water level of the canal (it would take a major flood to do this given the flood control dams at both ends, but it would be possible). I would not consider this bridge to be "starting to collapse" as of July 2020, but it does need attention sooner rather than later to prevent it from getting to that point. The South Canal Bridge mentioned earlier, however, is a different story.