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Old Danforth Street Bridge

Photos 

Overveiw

http://www.saxonville.org/bridge.htm

http://www.saxonville.org/bridge.htm

BH Photo #218268

Map 

Description 

"The 1890 Danforth Street bridge was the first bridge ever erected on this site -- its purpose was to open up the high land east of the Sudbury River for development as part of the growth of the village of Saxonville."

-S.J. Roper, MDPW, 5/1989

Facts 

Overview
Pratt pony truss bridge on an old alignment of Danforth Street over Sudbury River
Location
Framingham, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Status
Open to pedestrians
History
Built 1890 by Dean & Westbrook; bypassed 1982
Builder
- Dean & Westbrook of New York, New York
Design
Pratt pony truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 71.0 ft.
Total length: 76.0 ft.
Deck width: 34.0 ft.
Skew angle
33 degrees
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.32567, -71.39736   (decimal degrees)
42°19'32" N, 71°23'50" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/302466/4688719 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Framingham
Inventory numbers
MA F-7-11 (Massachusetts bridge number)
BH 49876 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 6, 2017: New photos from Chester Gehman
  • June 23, 2015: Updated by Ian Martin: Merged MACRIS Info., added builder & build year
  • October 22, 2011: Added by James McCray

Sources 

Comments 

Old Danforth Street Bridge
Posted October 22, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The use of Phoenix Columns and the small finials that adorn the one end are suggestive of the Phoenix Bridge Company. Beautiful details on this bridge especially the railings and the floor beam extensions for the walkways. I realize it's a pedestrian bridge now... but I still wish they would have utilized the walkways in the restoration.