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James J. Harold Bridge


Farwell Street Bridge Waltham 1930s

The old bridge across the Charles River at this point had become unsafe. This new bridge is a single span of 105 feet and consists of a three-hinged steel arch encased in concrete supporting a 40-foot roadway and two 6-foot sidewalks. The arch is composed of seven structural-steel, spandrel-braced, three-hinged arched ribs spaced 8 feet 4 inches on centers except the outside ribs which are spaced 9 feet 2 inches from the typical ribs. The abutments are mass concrete enclosing the old stone abutments. A center pier from the old bridge was removed. The project was completed in September 1935 at a construction cost of $45,586 and a total project cost of $50,131.

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Steel arch bridge over Charles River on Farwell Street in Waltham
Waltham, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Open to traffic
Built 1933
- Public Works Administration
Steel arch faced with concrete
Length of largest span: 105.0 ft.
Total length: 109.6 ft.
Deck width: 39.7 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Farwell Street Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.36667, -71.21833   (decimal degrees)
42°22'00" N, 71°13'06" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/317337/4692871 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
MA W04001 (Massachusetts bridge number)
BH 19364 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 71.3 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • June 27, 2015: New photos from Ian Martin
  • August 11, 2014: New Street View added by Ian Martin


  • Ian Martin


Farwell Street Bridge
Posted June 27, 2015, by Ian Martin

A pretty interesting design- while a quick glance would classify this as a concrete rigid frame bridge, closer inspection reveals that the bridge is actually a steel arch structure. The outer two arches are faced with concrete, likely out of aesthetic preference.