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Rourke Bridge

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Rourke Bridge

Elevation facing west

Photo taken by Nick Boppel in July 2019

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BH Photo #469135

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Description 

The Rourke Bridge was originally designed as a temporary crossing of the Merrimack River to provide easier access to this section of Lowell. The bridge is a Bailey pony truss bridge and was intended to be replaced by a permanent structure. However, as of 2017, the temporary bridge was still in place with no evidence of a replacement construction

Facts 

Overview
Bailey pony truss over Merrimack River on Wood Street
Location
Lowell, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Status
Open to traffic with a weight limit
Future prospects
Possibly will be replaced with a permanent structure at some point in the future. However, this narrow 2-lane "temporary" bridge from 1983 has remained in place.
History
Built 1983 as a temporary bridge but never replaced by permenant structure
Design
Bailey pony truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 149.9 ft.
Total length: 1,112.9 ft.
Deck width: 23.6 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.63880, -71.35695   (decimal degrees)
42°38'20" N, 71°21'25" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/306762/4723398 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Lowell
Average daily traffic (as of 2018)
32,200
Inventory numbers
MA L15088 (Massachusetts bridge number)
BH 78969 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of November 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 46.6 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • March 30, 2020: New photos from Nick Boppel
  • October 23, 2017: New Street View added by Matthew

Sources 

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