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St. Paul Street Bridge

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Description 

"The two-span stone arch, probably built in 1851, is of dry laid construction, but unlike the Main Street Bridge over Fox Brook, the spandrel stones are roughly cut and laid in courses. The downstream side appears to be largely intact as built; the upstream side has been widened eight feet with concrete, giving an overall width to the bridge of 32'-0". The bridge is one of two identified stone arch highway bridges in Blackstone, the other being the slightly earlier Fox Brook single span of 12 feet.

St. Paul Street was laid out October 4, 1851 and accepted by the town November 10th of the same year (Hurd: 617) . This two span arch bridge probably dates to that period. Its construction was one of several projects over the canal which followed close on the closing of the canal in 1848. The two-span stone arch was built by Daniel Simmons, according to Town Treasurer, Earle Robbins. Simmons (1814-1897) was later responsible for the construction of the Saranac and Rolling dams, and several other masonry works in Blackstone and other parts of New England." -Peter H. Stott, National Register Criteria Statement, 2/1988

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Note: NBI says this bridge dates to 1880.

Facts 

Overview
Stone arch bridge over Blackstone Canal on St Paul Street
Location
Blackstone, Worcester County, Massachusetts
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1851 (NBI says 1880); rehabilitated 1925
Builder
- Daniel Simmons
Design
Stone arch
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 19.0 ft.
Total length: 42.0 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.01573, -71.53641   (decimal degrees)
42°00'57" N, 71°32'11" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/289985/4654634 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Blackstone
Inventory numbers
MA B13009 (Massachusetts bridge number)
BH 72022 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 01/2016)
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Appraisal: Functionally obsolete
Sufficiency rating: 75.3 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
9,000

Update Log 

  • April 28, 2016: New Street View added by Ian Martin