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Sands Bridge


Sands Bridge South Side

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Street Views 


Abandoned stone arch bridge over Spicket River on Hampshire Road Old Alignment (Former Horse & Carriage Path)
Methuen, Essex County, Massachusetts
Derelict/abandoned. Northern/western arch in severe danger of collapse. Southern/eastern arch mostly intact
Future prospects
The northern/western arch may collapse at some point in the near future if corrective action is not taken. The southern/eastern arch does not appear to be at risk unless it would get pulled down by the failure of the northern/eastern arch
Built 1835, rehabilitated 1850, bypassed 1963
Stone arch
Length of largest span: 14.1 ft.
Total length: 37.1 ft.
Deck width: 9.8 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on June 20, 1984
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.74317, -71.21086   (decimal degrees)
42°44'35" N, 71°12'39" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/319043/4734665 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
NRHP 84002326 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 65134 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 21, 2021: Updated by Nick Boppel: Update status
  • June 17, 2020: Updated by Nick Boppel: change status to unknown until someone can confirm if the bridge is still standing or not
  • February 24, 2018: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • December 29, 2014: New Street View added by Ian Martin



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Posted January 21, 2021, by Luke

I'm sure NIMBYism had a lot to do with killing it.

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Posted January 21, 2021, by Nick Boppel (nickboppel01 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I was able to confirm that the reports of collapse were (fortunately) just rumors and that the bridge is indeed still standing (I wasn't able to get any pictures, hopefully in the near future). That being said, the northern/western arch is in severe danger of collapse, while the southern/eastern arch is mostly intact. I would hope that even if one arch fails the other one would remain standing, though this bridge really needs to be restored. There was talk about running a pedestrian/bicycle trail through here at one time, as this alignment is historic as one of the oldest horse and carriage routes in New England. I'm not sure if anything ever became of that.

Sands Bridge
Posted June 16, 2020, by Nick Boppel (nickboppel01 [at] gmail [dot] com)

There has been some chatter going around about the possible collapse/failure of this bridge. I visited the site yesterday but the site is completely covered and obscured by overgrown trees, bushes, and weeds. There was no way for me to get any photos, and therefore I cannot confirm if this bridge is still standing or not. However, if this bridge has failed (which unfortunately would not surprise me given the derelict condition of the bridge) this would be a major loss IMHO. Even more reason to make sure that the historic Abbott Bridge in Pelham is protected from flood damage on Beaver Brook.