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John Greenleaf Whittier Bridge (1951)


Merrimack River Bridge

Here is a view of the Merrimack River Bridge on I-95 northbound in Newburyport, MA.

Photo taken by Ian Ligget in July 2010


BH Photo #171974



Through arch bridge over Merrimack River on I-95 in Amesbury
Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1951, closed 2016, demolished 2017
Cantilevered tied through arch
Length of largest span: 308.1 ft.
Total length: 1,346.2 ft.
Deck width: 82.4 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 17.8 ft.
Also called
Whittier Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.83500, -70.91167   (decimal degrees)
42°50'06" N, 70°54'42" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/343764/4744264 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Newburyport West
Average daily traffic (as of 2013)
Inventory numbers
MA A07016 (Massachusetts bridge number)
BH 19255 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2013)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 34.3 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • February 19, 2018: Updated by Amanda: Mark as “old” bridge
  • October 23, 2017: New Street View added by Matthew
  • December 7, 2014: Updated by Ian Martin: Added common name; noted that bridge is being replaced rather than refurbished
  • February 22, 2013: New Street View added by Andy Peters
  • March 21, 2011: New photos from Doug Kerr
  • August 5, 2010: New photos from Ian Ligget

Related Bridges 


  • Ian Ligget
  • Doug Kerr
  • Andy Peters - anpete1971 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Ian Martin
  • MassDOT - Whittier Bridge project website


Whittier Bridge
Posted March 11, 2016, by Will truax (Bridgewright [at] ymail [dot] com)

Dismantling is currently underway.

Whittier Bridge
Posted January 6, 2016, by Sherman Cahal (shermancahal [at] gmail [dot] com)

No, the old span (this page) is set for demolition: http://www.massdot.state.ma.us/whittierbridge/Home.aspx

Merrimack River Bridge
Posted October 7, 2013, by Ron (Rj0648 [at] comcast [dot] net)

The State is currently refurbishing this Bridge, 2013.