MBTA - Upper Shawsheen River Bridge
Stone RR Bridge Over the Shawsheen River
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"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 one track although it was constructed to carry two. A concrete cap that rests on the top of the bridge must have been added when the grade level was raised. 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
In 2013, this bridge and its northern twin 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.
- Stone arch bridge over Shawsheen River on Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
- Essex County, Massachusetts
- Open to traffic
- Built 1847, reconstructed with steel superstructure 2013
- - Amtrak (AMTK)
- Boston & Maine Railroad (B&M; BM)
- Commuter Rail
- Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
- Pan Am Railways (PAR)
- Stone arch
Length of largest span: 30.0 ft.
Deck width: 48.0 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
- Also called
- Upper Shawsheen Railroad Bridge
- Approximate latitude, longitude
- +42.61955, -71.16001 (decimal degrees)
42°37'10" N, 71°09'36" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
- Approximate UTM coordinates
- 19/322855/4720829 (zone/easting/northing)
- Quadrangle map:
- Inventory number
- BH 69083 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- February 27, 2016: Updated by Ian Martin: Added build date & dimensions
- February 27, 2016: Updated by Luke: Updated status per forum comment.
- September 6, 2015: Added by Dave King