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Longfellow Bridge


General View Of The Longfellow Bridge

Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #221457


Street Views 


Steel arch bridge over Charles River on Mass. Hwy 3 (Cambridge Street) and MBTA Red Line in Boston and Cambridge
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, and Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Open to traffic
Built 1906; rehabilitated 1959 and 2011
- Holbrook, Cabot & Rollins Corp. of Boston, Massachusetts (Substructure & Deck Masonry Contractor)
- Phoenix Bridge Co. of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania (Superstructure)
- Rockport Granite Co. (Stone supplier)
- Rosales + Partners of Boston, Massachusetts. (architect on 2011 restoration)
- Skanska AB of Stockholm, Sweden (Contractor for 2013-8 rehab)
Steel arch
Length of largest span: 243.1 ft.
Total length: 2,134.9 ft. (0.4 mi.)
Deck width: 90.6 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Cambridge Bridge
West Boston Bridge
Charles River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.36111, -71.07250   (decimal degrees)
42°21'40" N, 71°04'21" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/329330/4691951 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Boston South
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
Inventory numbers
MA B16009 (Massachusetts bridge number)
BH 19444 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 69.1 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • August 2, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • October 1, 2020: New photos from Nick Boppel
  • March 31, 2020: Updated by Nick Boppel: Rehabilitation now complete
  • November 21, 2019: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • August 1, 2015: New photo from Ian Martin
  • August 20, 2013: Photo imported by Dave King
  • June 25, 2013: Updated by Nathan Holth: Bridge to be rehabilitated.
  • January 24, 2013: Updated by Andy Peters: adds Middlesex County, Mass.
  • December 7, 2011: Photos imported by James Baughn
  • August 3, 2011: Updated by Nathan Holth: Corrected Name

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Posted July 28, 2015, by Ian Martin

Looks like construction is taking longer than expected: http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2015/07/28/longfellow-bridg...

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Posted June 15, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)
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Posted May 23, 2014, by Will Truax (Bridgewright [at] aol [dot] com)
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Posted August 3, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

An enormous historical text that includes historical photos and numerous plan sheets is available here: http://www.archive.org/details/reportofcambridg00mass

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Posted February 5, 2008, by Seth Taylor (seth [dot] taylor [at] uconn [dot] edu)

This bridge is called the Longfellow Bridge