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Wellington Bridge

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Wellington Bridge

Distant elevation from southeast quadrant

Photo taken by Nick Boppel in September 2020

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BH Photo #482805

Description 

The 1979 removal of the bascule span of this bridge altered the history integrity of the structure, since this is now simply a 1930s steel stringer bridge on stone piers. The structure is still historic due to its age and stone piers, but it would have been nice to see the bascule span left in place even if inoperable (although it is curious why the span was removed considering that the Malden Bridge downstream is still operable, meaning that the river is navigable at least in part)

Facts 

Overview
Steel stringer (and former bascule) bridge over Mystic River on Fellsway (Massachusetts Route 28)
Location
Somerville, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1935; rehabilitated 1979
Design
Steel stringer bridge on stone piers. The center span of the bridge was formerly a bascule bridge, but the bascule span was removed as part of the 1979 rehabilitation
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 60.0 ft.
Total length: 720.2 ft.
Deck width: 80.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.39989, -71.08360   (decimal degrees)
42°23'60" N, 71°05'01" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/328522/4696279 (zone/easting/northing)
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
65,467
Inventory numbers
MA M12001 (Massachusetts bridge number)
BH 90749 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of May 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 72 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • September 30, 2020: New photos from Nick Boppel

Sources 

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