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Minuteman Commuter Bikeway - Forest Street Overpass

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Forest Street Overpass - South elevation

Photo taken by Ian Martin in April 2015

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BH Photo #322814

Street View 

Description 

Coursed granite ashlar stone abutments and steel bent piers carry this three span plate girder bridge. Abutments originally accommodated two tracks, but only a single track survives. 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 Forest 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: 40.8 ft.
Total length: 44.0 ft.
Deck width: 12.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.42583, -71.17574   (decimal degrees)
42°25'33" N, 71°10'33" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/321013/4699350 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Lexington
Inventory numbers
MA A10002 (Massachusetts bridge number)
BH 62709 (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