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Rocks Village Bridge


Photo taken by Marc N Belanger in April 2011


BH Photo #270058


Street View 


This bridge is exceptionally significant not only for its unusual hybrid of truss configurations but also for the fact that the swing span is still hand-operated with no motor. Four bridgetenders, two standing on each side of the central pier, reportedly work together to open and close the bridge. However, bridge openings appear to be quite rare.


Through truss swing bridge over Merrimack River on E. Main Street/Bridge Street
Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts
Open to traffic
Built 1883; Additional spans built 1895 & 1914; Rehabilitated with full bridge closure 2013-2014
- Boston Bridge Works of Boston, Massachusetts (Fabricator, 1883 and 1895 spans)
- David H. Andrews (Engineer, 1883 Spans)
- Edward S. Shaw of Boston, Massachusetts (Engineer, 1895 span)
- George F. Swain (Engineer, 1914 spans)
- John Cashman & Sons (Fabricator, 1914 spans)
- R. R. Evans (Engineer, 1914 spans)
Span 1: Riveted Pennsylvania through truss, built 1895
Span 2: Riveted, double-intersection Warren pony truss, built 1883
Span 3: Rim-bearing, swing, double-intersection Warren through truss, built in 1883
Span 4: Riveted Pratt pony truss, built in 1914
Span 5: Riveted Pennsylvania through truss, built in 1914
Span 6: Riveted Pratt pony truss, built in 1914
-- Source: MassDOT bridge data sheet
Length of largest span: 191.9 ft.
Total length: 812.0 ft.
Deck width: 24.0 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
East Main Street Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.81067, -70.99985   (decimal degrees)
42°48'38" N, 70°59'59" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/336493/4741730 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Newburyport West
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
MA H12020 (Massachusetts bridge number)
BH 47834 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of November 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 44.6 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • July 10, 2020: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • March 31, 2020: New photos from Nick Boppel
  • March 29, 2018: New photo from Richard Doody
  • December 10, 2015: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • November 13, 2013: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • November 11, 2013: New photo from Marc N Belanger
  • January 24, 2011: Added by J.P.

Related Bridges 


  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • MassDOT bridge data sheet
  • Historicbridges.org - by Nathan Holth
  • Marc N Belanger - marcnbelanger [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Douglas Butler
  • Richard Doody
  • Nick Boppel - nickboppel01 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Geoff Hubbs


Rocks Village Bridge
Posted March 31, 2020, by Nick Boppel (nickboppel01 [at] gmail [dot] com)

It's a shame that they didn't add a sidewalk on this bridge when they rehabilitated the bridge in 2013-2014... it sure would be nice to walk out on the bridge but except during bridge openings (which seem to be rare), there is too much traffic to walk on the roadway.