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Western Canal Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Marc N Belanger in September 2009

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BH Photo #270039

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Street View 

Description 

The oldest surviving bridge in Lowell. Initially constructed of granite rubble without any mortar, the arch of the southern side has been reinforced with mortar and replacement blocks in some places.

Facts 

Overview
Stone arch bridge over Western Canal on Broadway in Lowell
Location
Lowell, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1833; rehabilitated 1923
Design
Stone arch
Dimensions
Span length: 38.1 ft.
Total length: 38.1 ft.
Deck width: 35.4 ft.
Also called
Broadway Bridge Over Western Canal
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.64442, -71.31699   (decimal degrees)
42°38'40" N, 71°19'01" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/310056/4723932 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Lowell
Inventory numbers
MA L15033 (Massachusetts bridge number)
BH 19408 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 01/2016)
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 82.3 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
6,600

Update Log 

  • January 22, 2017: Updated by Chester Gehman: Added description; photos
  • August 12, 2014: New Street View added by Ian Martin
  • November 11, 2013: New photo from Marc N Belanger
  • March 16, 2010: Updated by Joshua Collins: made slight adjustment to gps coordinates

Sources 

  • Joshua Collins - Bigjc1979 [at] aol [dot] com
  • Marc N Belanger - mnbelanger [at] comcast [dot] net
  • Ian Martin
  • Chester Gehman - gehmanc2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com