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Clipper City Rail-Trail - Merrimac Street Overpass

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    Description 

    "The exact date of construction of the thru plate girder over Merrimac Street was not found, but it is assumed that it was installed about 1910 as part of the track elevation for the new Merrimack River bridge (Newburyport Draw), completed in 1887. Technically, the girder is typical of the period. It rests on granite ashlar abutments and has a ballasted deck. Girder bridges were immensely popular for grade crossing eliminations of less than 100 feet because of their rigidity, reliability and ease of installation, being delivered to the site prefabricated."

    -Mary E. McCahon, MBTA Historical Property Survey Phase II, 11/1987

    Facts 

    Overview
    Pony/through plate girder bridge over Merrimac Street on Clipper City Rail-Trail/East Coast Greenway
    Location
    Newburyport, Essex County, Massachusetts
    Status
    Open to pedestrians only
    History
    Built 1910
    Railroads
    - Boston & Maine Railroad (B&M; BM)
    - Rail-to-trail
    Design
    Pony plate girder
    Dimensions
    Total length: 56.3 ft.
    Also called
    B&M Eastern Route Main line Bridge 37.37
    Approximate latitude, longitude
    +42.81299, -70.87569   (decimal degrees)
    42°48'47" N, 70°52'32" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
    Approximate UTM coordinates
    19/346650/4741754 (zone/easting/northing)
    Quadrangle map:
    Newburyport West
    Inventory number
    BH 69496 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

    Update Log 

    • October 3, 2015: New Street View added by Ian Martin