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MBTA - Lake Cochituate Bridge

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B&A Lake Cochituate Arch, South Face

Photo taken by Ian Martin in March 2015

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BH Photo #318945

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Description 

Bridge over Lake Cochituate on the MBTA Worcester Line at milepost 18.74 in Natick. Four tracks wide total; two tracks extant, two tracks width of open soil. Closer to a culvert than a bridge.

"Bridge 35 is a single span, four track, stone arch bridge with voussoirs of uniformly shaped stones and a concrete parapet, added in 1919. The culvert was probably constructed when this section of the line was four-tracked in the 1890s. Today only two tracks are carred, the remaining two having been removed in the 1950s-'60s." - Massachusetts Historical Commission (Peter Stott, MBTA Historic Property Survey Phase II, 03/1988)

Facts 

Overview
Stone arch bridge over Lake Cochituate on MBTA Worcester Line
Location
Natick, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Status
Open to railway traffic
History
Built 1897, rebuilt 1919
Railroads
- Boston & Albany Railroad (B&A; BA)
- Boston & Worcester Railroad (B&W)
- CSX Railroad (CSX)
- Commuter Rail
- Conrail (CR)
- Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
- Penn Central Railroad (PC)
Design
Stone deck arch carrying 4 tracks
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 14.0 ft.
Total length: 15.0 ft.
Deck width: 60.0 ft.
Also called
B&A Bridge No. 35
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.28403, -71.36810   (decimal degrees)
42°17'03" N, 71°22'05" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/304748/4684028 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Natick
Inventory number
BH 66588 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 21, 2015: New photo from Ian Martin
  • March 20, 2015: New Street View added by Erich Pfistner