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University Avenue Bridge


Published prior to 1923

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BH Photo #416936


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Lost deck truss bridge over Merrimack River on University Avenue in Lowell
Lowell, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Demolished and replaced.
Built 1895 by Groton Bridge Co.; Rehabilitated 1965; Demolished 2014
- Groton Bridge Co. of Groton, New York
Pin Connected Pratt deck truss
Total length: 485.9 ft.
Also called
Moody Street Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.65167, -71.32472   (decimal degrees)
42°39'06" N, 71°19'29" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/309444/4724754 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2009)
Inventory numbers
MA L15021 (Massachusetts bridge number)
BH 19406 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2011)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 40.7 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • April 19, 2020: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • January 26, 2018: New photo from Dave King
  • December 9, 2014: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge has been demolished and replaced.
  • August 12, 2014: New Street View added by Ian Martin



University Avenue Bridge
Posted December 4, 2013, by Steven W Lindsey (SteveLindsey60 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Bridge to be demolished by September of 2014. Kerouac group has given up in its preservation battle, bowing to political reality. Nothing of the old span is to survive as it would detract from its replacement named for a living politician.

The local paper's coverage of the dedication of the new Richard P Howe bridge named for a four term mayor.

See: http://www.lowellsun.com/todaysheadlines/ci_24560948/bridge-...

University Avenue Bridge
Posted November 21, 2008, by Steve Lindsey (SteveLindsey60 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Officially called the Textile Memorial Bridge, it is also called the Moody Street Bridge; and because of its association with writer Jack Kerouac, called the Watermelon Man Bridge and just "Jack's Bridge."

Short-term repairs are being made as of this writing(November 2008.) Plans call for a new span to be built upstream. When completed, the historic span is slated for demolition.

A group has formed to save the span as a public space and bicycle and pedestrian crossway like Boston's Northern Avenue Bridge as well as a park like proposed plans for Northfield, Ma's Schell Memorial Bridge. The group wants it as a tribute to Kerouac as he crossed it daily as a child and used the bridge for a chapter of his novel Dr. Sax.

For a view of Jack's Bridge, see: http://www.preservationnation.org/magazine/archives/arc_911/...