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MBTA - Summer Street Overpass

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Description 

"The 1895-96 Annual Report of the Boston and Maine Railroad reported that work to eliminate the grade crossing at Summer Street was complete or in progress. The right to cross Summer Street was initially granted to the Eastern Railroad in 1846, but the crossing remained at grade until installation of the present skewed thru-plate girder on a granite ashlar abutment was installed. The Phoenix Bridge Company of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, one of America's longest-lived and prolific companies, fabricated the riveted-construction bridge, which is not distinguished by any unusual features. It does appear to survive basically unaltered and is a good representative example of the most common railroad bridge form, preferred for its rigidity, reliability, ease of installation, and cost."

-Mary E. McCahon, MBTA Historical Property Survey Phase II, 10/1987

Facts 

Overview
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Summer Street/MA 127 on MBTA Rockport Branch
Location
Manchester-by-the-Sea, Essex County, Massachusetts
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1896
Builder
- Phoenix Bridge Co. of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
Railroads
- Boston & Maine Railroad (BM)
- Commuter Rail
- Eastern Railroad
- Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
Design
Pony plate girder
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 40.0 ft.
Total length: 44.7 ft.
Deck width: 26.5 ft.
Also called
B&M Rockport Branch Bridge 26.16
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.57949, -70.75385   (decimal degrees)
42°34'46" N, 70°45'14" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/356073/4715610 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Marblehead North
Inventory number
BH 68911 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 16, 2015: New Street View added by Ian Martin