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Winthrop Street Bridge


Perspective from west

Photo taken by Ian Martin in September 2015


BH Photo #337632

Street View 


"Riveted 6-, 7- and 8-panel double barreled Pratt pony truss with vertical end posts and arched upper chords. The 5th-newest of the 22 known Pratt pony trusses in the MDPW database. The only one of the 22 to utilize the vertical end post, arched upper chord configuration, and the only double-barreled example among the 22. It appears the trusses were badly built at the start, and the trusses were heavily reinforced (by a different bridge company) only a year after the bridge was constructed. Since then, the original deck, stringers, and 5 out of the 6 floorbeams in the northern barrel have been replaced." - S.J. Roper, MDPW Historic Bridge Specialist via Massachusetts Historical Commission Listing

NOTE: This bridge has been replaced, but, thankfully, it was replaced with a truss bridge, a Parker, not a idiotic concrete block.


Pratt pony truss bridge over MBTA Eastern Route on Revere Beach Parkway (MA 145)/Winthrop Street
Revere, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
Replaced by a bolted Parker pony truss
Built 1902; reinforced 1903; rehabilitated 1958; replaced 2015
- Boston Bridge Works of Boston, Massachusetts (1903 Strengthening)
- New England Structural Co. of Boston, Massachusetts (1902 Construction)
- Boston & Maine Railroad (BM)
Pratt pony truss with vertical end posts
Length of largest span: 96.1 ft.
Total length: 104.0 ft.
Deck width: 71.9 ft.
Also called
Revere Beach Parkway - Eastern Route Overpass
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.40493, -71.00451   (decimal degrees)
42°24'18" N, 71°00'16" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/335044/4696683 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Boston North
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
Inventory numbers
MA R05001 (Massachusetts bridge number)
BH 65791 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of December 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 82.8 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • October 17, 2015: Updated by Ian Martin: Replaced September 2015
  • September 13, 2015: Updated by Ian Martin: Added photos
  • May 30, 2015: Updated by Ian Martin: Doomed
  • February 1, 2015: New Street View added by Ian Martin


Winthrop Street Bridge
Posted September 13, 2015, by Ian Martin

The northern half of this bridge was replaced in May with a bolted Parker truss; based on an upcoming commuter rail shutdown the southern half will probably be demolished next weekend.