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O'Reilly Memorial Bridge

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O'Reilly Memorial Bridge

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Photo taken by John Phelan at Wikimedia Commons in January 2012

License: Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY)

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BH Photo #473986

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Description 

An uncommon example of a double-decker bridge where both decks carry vehicular traffic. In this case, the upper deck carries the I-495 mainline in both directions, while the lower deck carries the ramps and approach roads to and from I-495 and the many local streets that are accessed as part of the neighboring interchange.

Facts 

Overview
Steel stringer bridge over Merrimack River on Interstate 495 (Boston Outer Beltway)
Location
Lawrence, Essex County, Massachusetts
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1962
Design
Double-decked steel stringer
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 124.0 ft.
Total length: 966.9 ft.
Deck width: 34.1 ft.
Also called
O'Riley Bridge (incorrect spelling)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.70649, -71.13880   (decimal degrees)
42°42'23" N, 71°08'20" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/324839/4730439 (zone/easting/northing)
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
46,107
Inventory numbers
MA L04035 (Massachusetts bridge number)
BH 89621 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 49.9 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • June 17, 2020: New photo from Nick Boppel

Sources 

  • Nick Boppel - nickboppel01 [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

O'Reilly Memorial Bridge
Posted February 11, 2021, by Luke

To repeat a reply you missed: "This is why we have the forum--so we can learn from people who know local history. Do you have further information or links to newspaper stories?"

O'Reilly Memorial Bridge
Posted February 11, 2021, by John Kaslow (Johnkaslow [at] icloud [dot] com)

The land for the north side of this bridge was taken from a hard working Lithuanian farmer and his wife. Their Name - Kaslow( changed from Kaslauskas so Russian agents wouldn’t find them and bring them back to Russia.) From the river to Rte 110 ( where Merrimack Marine Supply was located, all land on my great grand fathers farm.

Not a mention of their sacrifice yet. Why not?

O'Reilly Memorial Bridge
Posted February 10, 2021, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

This is why we have the forum--so we can learn from people who know local history. Do you have further information or links to newspaper stories?

O'Reilly Memorial Bridge
Posted February 10, 2021, by John Kaslow (Johnkaslow [at] icloud [dot] com)

The land for the north side of this bridge was taken from a hard working Lithuanian farmer and his wife. Their Name - Kaslow( changed from Kaslauskas so Russian agents wouldn’t find them and bring them back to Russia.) From the river to Rte 110 ( where Merrimack Marine Supply was located, all land on my great grand fathers farm.

Not a mention of their sacrifice yet. Why not?