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Ipswich River Bridge

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Street View 

Description 

Built ca. 1853; cemented when US 1 was widened in the early 20th century (likely the 1922 rehabilitation).

Facts 

Overview
Stone arch bridge over Ipswich River on US 1 in Topsfield
Location
Essex County, Massachusetts
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1850; rehabilitated 1922
Design
Stone arch
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 32.2 ft.
Total length: 38.1 ft.
Deck width: 29.9 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.62500, -70.94833   (decimal degrees)
42°37'30" N, 70°56'54" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/340229/4721013 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Salem
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
16,700
Inventory numbers
MA T06003 (Massachusetts bridge number)
BH 19242 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 50.6 (out of 100)
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Categories 

19th Century (7,656)
Arch (12,235)
Built 1850 (83)
Built during 1850s (414)
Deck arch (11,473)
Essex County, Massachusetts (127)
Have street view (27,123)
Massachusetts (1,129)
Open (40,040)
Owned by state (16,097)
Span length 25-50 feet (15,737)
Stone arch (3,097)
Structurally deficient (14,050)
Total length 25-50 feet (11,232)
US 1 (111)

Update Log 

  • December 16, 2010: New Street View added by Jason Smith

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Sources 

  • Jason Smith - flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com
  • Boston Kayaker - Images

Comments 

Ipswich River Bridge
Posted December 16, 2010, by Matthew Lohry

Barry,

The bridge on Salem Road is a concrete T-beam bridge built in 1931, so it has some significance historically, but certainly not compared to all of the 1700's and 1800's masonry arch bridges in the area. I'm not sure if any metal rails are blocking pulloffs or what the significance of the number on the guardrail is.

Ipswich River Bridge
Posted December 16, 2010, by Barry Lauver (bllauver [at] toad [dot] net)

It appears in the map that there is another bridge a few hundred yards upstream(?) on Salem Road. Is there any historical significance to that bridge? And are all of the pull-offs near the bridge now blocked off with steel guardrails as the one in the street view? Finally what is the significance of 2006 in the abutment in the street view?