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Summer Street over Reserved Channel Bridge

Photos 

General View Of Drawspan And Approaches, From Berth #10; View To South

Photo taken by Martin Stupich for the Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #228220

Map 

Description 

The Summer Street Bridge (over Reserved Channel) is the older of two known retractile drawbridges surviving in Massachusetts, and one of only four known to survive in the United States. The Summer Street Bridge is an advanced example of an unusual bridge type which eventually gave way to simpler, less expensive types of movable bridges in the twentieth century.

-- Historic American Engineering Record

Facts 

Overview
Lost Pony/through plate girder bridge over Reserved Channel on Summer Street
Location
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
Status
Replaced by new bridge
History
Built 1892; replaced 2003
Builders
- Charles Carr (Mechanical Engineer)
- King Bridge Co. of Cleveland, Ohio (Fabricator)
- William Jackson (City Engineer)
Design
Retractile wrought-iron half-through plate girder
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 63.0 ft.
Total length: 932.1 ft.
Deck width: 47.9 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.34250, -71.03722   (decimal degrees)
42°20'33" N, 71°02'14" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/332186/4689814 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Boston South
Inventory number
BH 51788 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 21, 2012: Added by James Baughn

Related Bridges 

Sources 

  • HAER MA-135 - Summer Street Bridge, Spanning Reserved Channel, Boston, Suffolk County, MA