Congress Street Bridge
General View Looking Northeast, Showing Bascule Bridge With Stone Piers. Draw Span At Center Of Bridge Is Visible On Right. Metal Structure Above Bridge On Right Contains Counter Weight
Photo taken for the Historic American Engineering Record
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BH Photo #227990
The Congress Street Bridge, built in 1930, is a trunnion bascule bridge and the most recent of the five movable-truss bridges spanning the Fort Point Channel. It replaced a steam operated swing draw and was electrically operated. / The Congress Street Bascule Bridge is one of the few surviving electrically-operated Strauss overhead-counterweight bascule drawbridges with a Warren-with-verticals pony truss. The masonry piers are carried above deck level and are topped with ornamental lanterns which give the bridge a unique architectural character. Despite the loss of some of its operating equipment and deterioration of auxiliary structures (fenders), many original components (superstructure, lighting, gates, and operating machinery) remain. The Tender's House is incorporated within the Boston Tea Party Ship Museum, a prominent feature adjacent to the existing structure. The bridge is located in the proposed Fort Point Channel Historic District, which includes five surviving movable bridges.
-- Historic American Engineering Record
- Bascule bridge over Fort Point Channel on Congress Street in Boston
- Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
- Open to traffic
- Built 1930; rehabilitated 2008
- - Strauss Bascule Bridge Co. of Chicago, Illinois
- Bascule Warren pony truss (non-functional with overhead counterweight removed)
Length of largest span: 93.8 ft.
Total length: 546.9 ft.
Deck width: 40.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 25.5 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
- Approximate latitude, longitude
- +42.35186, -71.05117 (decimal degrees)
42°21'07" N, 71°03'04" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
- Approximate UTM coordinates
- 19/331062/4690881 (zone/easting/northing)
- Quadrangle map:
- Boston South
- Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
- Inventory numbers
- MA B16032 (Massachusetts bridge number)
BH 19450 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- Inspection report (as of July 2015)
- Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 61.2 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com
- March 19, 2012: New Street View added by James Baughn
- HAER MA-38 - Congress Street Bascule Bridge, Spanning Fort Point Channel at Congress Street, Boston, Suffolk County, MA
- Historicbridges.org - by Nathan Holth
- Douglas Butler