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MBTA - Saugus River Bridge


View Of North Abutment And Approach Spans, Looking Northwest

Photo taken for the Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #270133

Street Views 


The Saugus River Drawbridge is a single-leaf Strauss overhead counterweight bascule which is believed to be the oldest known example of its type in Massachusetts. It is particularly significant for its innovative engineering design and association with a prominent bridge engineer, Joseph Baermann Strauss, whose company designed the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.

-- Historic American Engineering Record


Bascule plate girder bridge over Saugus River on Boston & Maine Railroad
West Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts
Open to traffic
Built 1911; rehabilitated 1989
- Phoenix Bridge Co. of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
- Strauss Bascule Bridge Co. of Chicago, Illinois
- Boston & Maine Railroad (BM)
- Commuter Rail
- Eastern Railroad
- Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
Strauss Overhead Counterweight Girder Span type
Length of largest span: 65.0 ft.
Total length: 486.9 ft.
Also called
BM - Saugus River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.44684, -70.97220   (decimal degrees)
42°26'49" N, 70°58'20" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/337811/4701274 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 57984 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 26, 2016: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • January 16, 2016: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • November 30, 2015: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • June 27, 2015: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • November 21, 2013: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • November 18, 2013: New photos from Douglas Butler
  • November 15, 2013: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • November 12, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority", "Boston & Maine Railroad", "Railroad"
  • November 12, 2013: Updated status, history, and location; posted HAER photos
  • September 13, 2013: Added by Douglas Butler

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  • HAER MA-84 - Saugus River Drawbridge, Spanning Saugus River at MBTA Railroad Eastern Route, Saugus, Essex County, MA