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Adams Street Bridge


View Northwest, General View Of Bridge Within Setting

Photo taken by Wayne Fleming for the Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #228013

Street Views 


Adams Street Bridge has significance 1) as an example of stone-slab and stone-arch construction, once-common bridge-building technologies; 2) as the work of Gridley Bryant, a notable 19th-century engineer and inventor who designed and constructed the pioneering Granite Railway; 3) as a contributing element in the Dorchester/Milton Lower Mills Industrial District (listed in the National Register of Historic Places); and 4) as a structure that recalls the important role of the granite industry in the historical development of Milton and the nearby town of Quincy.

-- Historic American Engineering Record

There is no visual evidence that this bridge still exists.


Stone bridge over Neponset River on Adams Street
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
Replaced by a new bridge
Slab spans built 1765; arch spans added 1847; rehabilitated 2006
Stone arch
Length of largest span: 32.2 ft.
Total length: 119.1 ft.
Deck width: 42.3 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.27098, -71.06817   (decimal degrees)
42°16'16" N, 71°04'05" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/329443/4681934 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Boston South
Average daily traffic (as of 2018)
Inventory numbers
MA B16003 (Massachusetts bridge number)
BH 51756 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of November 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 94 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • August 7, 2016: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • March 19, 2012: Added by James Baughn



Adams Street Bridge
Posted March 21, 2012, by Craig Philpott (cphilpott [at] puc [dot] edu)

What an excellent posting. Current photos of this hidden span would be wonderful.