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MBTA - Lechmere Viaduct

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Green Line crossing Lechmere Viaduct

Inbound train entering the former draw span over the Charles River channel.

Photo by Ian Martin

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BH Photo #289174

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Facts 

Overview
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Charles River, Museum Way, and Charlestown Avenue on MBTA Green Line
Location
Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, and Suffolk County, Massachusetts
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1910
Builders
- George A. Kimball (Chief Engr. of Elevated & Subway Construction, BERy)
- Holbrook, Cabot & Rollins Corp. of Boston, Massachusetts (contractor)
- Strauss Bascule Bridge Co. of Chicago, Illinois
Railroads
- Boston Elevated Railway (BERy)
- Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
- Rapid Transit
Design
South to North: Two concrete arches, deck plate girder double-leaf draw span (no longer operational), eight concrete arches, one concrete beam span over Charlestown Ave.
Dimensions
Total length: 1,700.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.36784, -71.06999   (decimal degrees)
42°22'04" N, 71°04'12" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/329555/4692694 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Boston South
Inventory numbers
MassDOT B16013/C01019
BH 61905 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 1, 2015: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • January 26, 2015: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • July 24, 2014: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • July 24, 2014: New Street View added by Ian Martin

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Lechmere Viaduct
Posted July 24, 2014, by Douglas Butler

This former rail drawbridge is of the Strauss Underneath Counterweight bascule trunnion bridge constructed by the Strauss Bascule Bridge Company formerly used by the Boston Elevated Railroad.