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Minuteman Commuter Bikeway - Brattle Street Overpass

Photos 

Brattle Street Overpass - SW elevation

Photo taken by Ian Martin in April 2015

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BH Photo #322812

Street View 

Description 

Construction of the Lexington and West Cambridge Railroad, running between the connection with the Fitchburg Railroad at West Cambridge and Lexington Center, was completed on September 1, 1846. The line was operated by the Fitchburg Railroad. An extension of the line from Lexington to Concord was completed in 1873. Passenger service on this line ended in 1977, and the track has been removed in many places. The right-of-way is currently being rebuilt as the Minuteman Bike Trail.

Bridge has riveted plate girders and floor beams and I-beam stringers, three beneath each rail.

This is one of the bridges erected in 1900 to eliminate grade crossings on the Lexington line.

-Charles Scott, MBTA Historical Property Survey Phase II, 11/1987

Facts 

Overview
Steel stringer bridge over Brattle Street on Minuteman Commuter Bikeway
Location
Arlington, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Status
Open to pedestrians only
History
Built 1900
Builder
- New England Structural Co. of Boston, Massachusetts
Railroad
- Boston & Maine Railroad (BM)
Design
Steel stringer
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 42.5 ft.
Total length: 47.5 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.42195, -71.16863   (decimal degrees)
42°25'19" N, 71°10'07" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/321586/4698905 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Lexington
Inventory numbers
MA A10003 (Massachusetts bridge number)
BH 62707 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 18, 2015: New photos from Ian Martin
  • August 28, 2014: New Street View added by Ian Martin

Sources 

  • Ian Martin