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Cooper Street Bridge


View Northwest, General View Showing Bridge And Setting

Photo taken by Wayne Fleming for the Historic American Engineering Record

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BH Photo #224707


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Cooper Street Bridge is significant as a very early example of reinforced concrete arch construction, notable for its substantial size, asymmetrical profile, and use of an unusual type of deformed rod for reinforcement. It is one of only two concrete-arch bridges of its age spanning more than 50' that are known to survive in Massachusetts. Although the designer of the bridge is unknown, the contractor, Joseph Ross, was one of Boston's leading builders of wharves and bridges. The Town of Wakefield's goal in building the bridge was to provide a safe crossing over what was then the Boston and Maine Railroad right-of-way, especially for children making their way to the recently enlarged Greenwood School.

-- Historic American Engineering Record


Closed Spandrel Deck Arch Bridge over MBTA Railroad on Cooper Street
Wakefield, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Open to traffic
Built in 1903, rebuilt in 1995
- Boston & Maine Railroad (BM)
- Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
Closed-spandrel arch
Length of largest span: 60.0 ft.
Total length: 100.0 ft.
Deck width: 22.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.47771, -71.06550   (decimal degrees)
42°28'40" N, 71°03'56" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/330221/4704885 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Boston North
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
MA W01004 (Massachusetts bridge number)
BH 51201 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2017)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 76.8 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • August 11, 2014: New Street View added by Ian Martin
  • February 6, 2012: Added by Jason Smith


  • Jason Smith - flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com
  • HAER MA-132 - Cooper Street Bridge, Spanning MBTA railroad tracks, Wakefield, Middlesex County, MA
  • Ian Martin