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Boston Street Bridge

Photos 

Environment, From South, Showing Boston Street Bridge Carrying Boston Street Over Harris Creek Sewer Outlet At Northwest Branch Of Patapsco River (Baltimore Harbor)

Photo taken for the Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #310371

Map 

Street View 

Description 

The Boston Street Bridge (Lakewood Avenue Drain Headwall and Bridge), built by the City of Baltimore in 1901-1902, is significant for its historical association with an important Baltimore crossing in the Canton neighborhood of the city. The bridge is also significant as a good example of early twentieth century brick arch bridge construction in Baltimore and Maryland. An economical and expedient choice for crossings where timber or metal bridges would quickly corrode, brick arches, with stone masonry facing, were built by municipal authorities to carry important streets over sewers, also often of brick arch design. Replacing a deteriorated metal girder bridge, the stone-faced brick arch Boston Street Bridge was built to carry the key Canton waterfront thoroughfare of Boston Street over the outlet of Harris Creek Sewer, a major municipal sewer constructed by the city during the 1880s.

-- Historic American Engineering Record

Formerly also carried rail traffic of PRR/Penn Central/Conrail on Boston St. before abandonment of service in early 1980s.

Facts 

Overview
Brick arch bridge over Harris Creek Sewer on Boston Street
Location
Baltimore, Maryland
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1902
Railroads
- Conrail (CR)
- Penn Central Railroad (PC)
- Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR)
Design
Brick arch
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.28035, -76.57989   (decimal degrees)
39°16'49" N, 76°34'48" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/363732/4349077 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Baltimore East
Inventory number
BH 65040 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

Arch (11,274)
Baltimore, Maryland (75)
Brick arch (73)
Built 1902 (421)
Built during 1900s (6,350)
Conrail (829)
Deck arch (10,511)
Have street view (22,590)
Maryland (661)
Open (36,898)
Owned by city (4,550)
Penn Central Railroad (532)
Pennsylvania Railroad (527)
Rail-and-Road (320)
Railroad (13,240)

Update Log 

  • November 1, 2016: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • April 6, 2016: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: added railroad usage
  • December 26, 2014: Added by Dave King

Sources 

  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • HAER MD-110 - Boston Street Bridge, Spanning Harris Creek Sewer at Boston Street, Baltimore, Independent City, MD
  • Alexander D. Mitchell IV
  • Dana and Kay Klein