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Chelsea Street Bridge (Old)

Photos 

General View Showing Bridge Setting. View Southeast

Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #167635

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Bascule bridge over Chelsea River on Chelsea Street in Boston
Location
Chelsea, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
Future prospects
Demolished and replaced.
History
Built in 1936, Rehabilitated in 1983.
Builders
- Bethlehem Steel Co. of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
- Fay, Spofford & Thorndike of Burlington, Massachusetts
- Strauss Bascule Bridge Co. of Chicago, Illinois (renamed to Strauss and Paine)
- T. Stuart & Sons of Watertown, Massachusetts
Design
Warren through truss Strauss heel-trunnion bascule, single leaf
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 140.1 ft.
Total length: 448.2 ft.
Deck width: 49.9 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.7 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.38600, -71.02253   (decimal degrees)
42°23'10" N, 71°01'21" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/333511/4694616 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Boston North
Inventory numbers
MA B16020 (Massachusetts bridge number)
BH 19449 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 11/2010)
Deck condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 2.0 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2008)
24,000

Update Log 

  • December 18, 2014: New photos from Douglas Butler
  • January 19, 2012: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge has been demolished and replaced. Added Builder.
  • June 15, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: Updated bridge type and GPS and listed bridge as doomed.

Sources 

  • Nathan Holth
  • HAER MA-140 - Chelsea Street Bridge & Draw Tender's House, Spanning Chelsea River, Boston, Suffolk County, MA
  • Douglas Butler

Comments 

Chelsea Street Bridge
Posted June 15, 2010, by Craig Philpott (cphilpott [at] puc [dot] edu)

This bridge appears to be an almost twin of the Strauss bridge in San Francisco from 1933, called the, China Basin Bridge.

http://bridgehunter.com/ca/san-francisco/34C0025/