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Adams Street Bridge

Photos 

View Northwest, General View Of Bridge Within Setting

Photo taken by Wayne Fleming for the Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #228013

Map 

Street Views 

Description 

Adams Street Bridge has significance 1) as an example of stone-slab and stone-arch construction, once-common bridge-building technologies; 2) as the work of Gridley Bryant, a notable 19th-century engineer and inventor who designed and constructed the pioneering Granite Railway; 3) as a contributing element in the Dorchester/Milton Lower Mills Industrial District (listed in the National Register of Historic Places); and 4) as a structure that recalls the important role of the granite industry in the historical development of Milton and the nearby town of Quincy.

-- Historic American Engineering Record

Facts 

Overview
Stone bridge over Neponset River on Adams Street
Location
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
Status
Open to traffic
History
Slab spans built 1765; arch spans added 1847; rehabilitated 2006
Design
Stone arch
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 32.2 ft.
Total length: 119.1 ft.
Deck width: 42.3 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.27098, -71.06817   (decimal degrees)
42°16'16" N, 71°04'05" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/329443/4681934 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Boston South
Inventory numbers
MA B16003 (Massachusetts bridge number)
BH 51756 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 11/2014)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 94.4 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
27,200

Update Log 

  • August 7, 2016: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • March 19, 2012: Added by James Baughn

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Comments 

Adams Street Bridge
Posted March 21, 2012, by Craig Philpott (cphilpott [at] puc [dot] edu)

What an excellent posting. Current photos of this hidden span would be wonderful.