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Pawtucket Street Bridge

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Pawtucket Street Bridge

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Photo taken by Nick Boppel in July 2017

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BH Photo #477286

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Facts 

Overview
Deck plate girder bridge with decorative queenpost deck trusses over Pawtucket Canal on Pawtucket Street
Location
Lowell, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Status
Closed to all traffic with demolition and replacement in progress
Future prospects
Demolition and replacement in progress, scheduled to be completed in 2021
History
First bridge at this location dates to 1796. Current bridge built 1927 & replaced 2019-2021
Design
It is likely that this was originally a queenpost deck truss bridge but at some unknown time the trusses were rendered decorative with the addition of steel stringers. It is also likely that some original material was lost at this time given that the truss members today are extremely lightweight.
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 43.0 ft.
Total length: 96.1 ft.
Deck width: 31.8 ft.
Recognition
Listed as a contributing resource to the Lowell National Historic District
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.64688, -71.33177   (decimal degrees)
42°38'49" N, 71°19'54" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/308851/4724238 (zone/easting/northing)
Average daily traffic (as of 1995)
20,000
Inventory numbers
MA L15050 (Massachusetts bridge number)
BH 90087 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of April 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 16 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • July 27, 2020: New photos from Nick Boppel

Sources 

  • Nick Boppel - nickboppel01 [at] gmail [dot] com