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Armory Bridge

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Armory Bridge - NE perspective from footbridge

Photo taken by Ian Martin in May 2015

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BH Photo #324021

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Description 

"One of a group of four related concrete arch bridges designed by the Metropolitan Park Commission as parts of two larger projects to improve the upper reaches of the Mystic River and Alewife Brook in 1904-08. Principal construction features of the Mystic River Reservation project were: a new dam and tide gates at the old stone Cradock Bridge (M-12-002), two new concrete arch bridges to carry the new Mystic River Reservation drive over the realigned channel of the Mystic River (M-12-005/S-17-002, M-12-003), and a new Boston & Maine RR concrete arch bridge over the Reservation drive (S-17-014). As part of the Alewife Brook sanitary improvement project, the fourth concrete arch bridge (A-10-014/S-17-026) was built in 1908 to carry the Mystic Valley Parkway over the relocated channel of Alewife Brook at the westerly end of the Mystic River Reservation. Although the Mystic River Reservation began as an independent element within the MPC park system, it seems to have eventually been absorbed into an expanded Mystic Valley Parkway, and all four bridges are now regarded as elements of the Parkway."

-S.J. Roper, 10/1999

Facts 

Overview
Concrete arch bridge over Mystic River on MA 16 in Medford
Location
Medford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1906
Builder
- Coleman Brothers of Boston, Massachusetts
Design
Arch
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 60.0 ft.
Total length: 64.0 ft.
Deck width: 47.9 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Mystic River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.41778, -71.11278   (decimal degrees)
42°25'04" N, 71°06'46" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/326170/4698325 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Boston North
Inventory numbers
MA M12003 (Massachusetts bridge number)
BH 19386 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 07/2008)
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Appraisal: Functionally obsolete
Sufficiency rating: 69.4 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2006)
53,000

Update Log 

  • May 5, 2015: New photos from Ian Martin
  • August 11, 2014: New Street View added by Ian Martin

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