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Aiken Street Bridge



Photo taken Summer 1990 by Martin Stupich for the Historic American Engineering Record

BH Photo #103411

Street View 


Five-span lenticular through truss bridge over Merrimack River on Aiken Street in Lowell
Lowell, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Open to traffic
Built 1883 by the Berlin Iron Bridge Co.; Rehabilitated 1998
- Berlin Iron Bridge Co. of East Berlin, Connecticut
Lenticular through truss
Length of largest span: 154.9 ft.
Total length: 779.9 ft.
Deck width: 28.9 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 19.2 ft.
Also called
Joseph R. Oulette Bridge (official name)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.65473, -71.31539   (decimal degrees)
42°39'17" N, 71°18'55" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/310218/4725073 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory numbers
MA L15020 (Massachusetts bridge number)
BH 19344 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of May 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 53.4 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • December 31, 2022: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • August 17, 2022: Updated by Paul Plassman: Added categories "Finials", "Lattice Railing", "11-panel truss"
  • August 9, 2020: New photos from Nick Boppel
  • May 3, 2014: New photos from Michael Quiet
  • April 5, 2014: New Street View added by Luke Harden
  • April 5, 2014: Updated by Michael Quiet: Added categories "Pin-connected", "Wrought Iron"
  • March 16, 2010: Updated by Joshua Collins: added gps coordinates
  • September 15, 2006: Posted HAER photos


  • HAER MA-106 - Aiken Street Bridge, Spanning Merrimack River on Aiken Street, Lowell, Middlesex County, MA
  • Joshua Collins - Bigjc1979 [at] aol [dot] com
  • Historicbridges.org - by Nathan Holth
  • Todd Wilson
  • Michael Quiet - mquiet [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Luke
  • Nick Boppel - nickboppel01 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Geoff Hubbs


Aiken Street Bridge
Posted February 8, 2022, by Greg Albers (gjalbers777 [at] gmail [dot] com)

According to Google Maps, this is now called the Joseph Oulette Memorial Bridge.

Aiken Street Bridge
Posted April 5, 2014, by Tom Hoffman (tehoffm [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Great Lenticular truss bridge! Built in 1883, this rare massive bridge looks to be well kept having a 69 sufficiency rating. Being a rare Lenticular, locals probably realize how important their bridge is. I wish this was the case in other places with historic bridges nationwide.

Aiken Street Bridge
Posted January 4, 2007, by Goyette (N_G_goyette)

I have had recurring dreams and nightmares about passage over the aiken street bridge since I was very young. It has been at least 20 years worth of at least yearly dreams. Most are at night. Most include the bridge crumbling as I try to cross it or get others across it. In actuality, I love this bridge and the others in Lowell and regularly reference them when talking about my hometown. Thank you very much for having these great pictures up in here.