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Cornwall-street Bridge (over Stony Brook, West Rowbury).
This is a small wooden bridge, built in 1892. It is in good condition.
Cottage Farm Bridge (over Boston & Albany R. R., Brighton).
The present bridge was built in 1895–96. With the exception of the plate girders on the outside lines of the bridge, and some special construction under the sidewalks, the superstructure is composed of 20-inch steel beams filled between with brick arches and Portland cement concrete, on which is a wearing surface of Sicilian rock asphalt. It is in good condition.
Cottage-street Foot-bridge (over flats, East Boston).
This is a wooden pile bridge, built in 1889, for foot travel only. About 300 feet of the Boston end of this bridge has been removed and connection made to the adjoining street, which has been carried out this distance by filling. The entire planking was removed; the stringers that were in poor condition were either renewed or re-enforced by additional stringers, and the bridge replanked, and some repairs were made on the cross-bracing. The bridge is in fair condition.
Dartmouth-street Bridges (over Boston & Albany R.R. and Providence Division, New York, New Haven & Hartford R.R.).
The bridge over the Boston & Albany Railroad was built in 1878–79, and is maintained by the city. Very extensive changes were made in this bridge in 1899 by the railroad companies, necessitated by the new location of the tracks of the N. Y., N. H. & H. R. R. leading to the South Station and the abandoning of the tracks connecting this road with the B. & A. R.R.
During the year new lower planking has been put on and some new stringers put in. Some of the sidewalk planking is thin, but otherwise the bridge is in good condition.
The bridge over the tracks of the N. Y., N. H. & H. R.R. was built in 1899, and is maintained by the railroad company.
Dorchester-avenue Bridge (over Old Colony Division, New York, New Haven & Hartford R.R.).
This is a steel bridge built in 1900 over the new location of the N. Y., N. H. & H. R.R. The surface of the bridge is maintained by the city and the rest of the structure by the railroad company. It is in good condition.
Dorchester-street Bridge (over Old Colony Division, New York, New Haven & Hartford R.R.).
This is an iron bridge, built in 1869. It is principally maintained by the railroad company, and was repaired and put in fair condition in 1893. The bridge is too light a structure "for street car traffic, but as the railroad has abandoned its location at this point, and the bridge is to be removed shortly, it is probably safe for the length of time it will remain in service.
Dover-street Bridge (over Fort Point Channel).
This was originally a wooden pile bridge, built in 1805, rebuilt in 1858–59, and again in 1876. In 1893–94, upon the abolition of the grade crossing of the Old Colony Railroad, the present iron structure, resting on masonry piers was built. General repairs have been made; some new track is needed for the draw; the rack should be realigned in order that the draw may be reversed; the masonry piers need repointing. The draw binds on the Boston end during hot weather. Repairs are needed on the waterway, and the platform and the steps to the float need rebuilding; otherwise the bridge is in good condition.
Ellicott-arch Bridge (in Franklin Park).
This is a semi-circular masonry arch of 17 feet 6 inchss span. It was built in 1889, and is maintained by the Park Department.
Essex-street Bridge (from Brighton to Cambridge).
This bridge is in the care of the Commissioners for the Boston and Cambridge bridges; the city pays one-half the cost of maintenance. It is a wooden pile bridge, with a wooden leaf draw, and was originally built in 1850; the draw was rebuilt and the adjoining stringers renewed in 1891; the other woodwork above the piles was renewed and some piles of the Boston side were driven in 1896.
The bridge has been painted and ordinary repairs made. Some of the stringers adjoining the draw-arms have begun to decay, and should be renewed; the planking needs repairing; one Samson post needs additional fastening; the curb irons on the Cambridge side need regulating, and the staging under the bridge on the Boston side needs strengthening. Estimates have been made of the cost of putting the bridge in condition for two lines of street cars. s
Everett-street Bridge (over Boston & Albany R. R., Brighton).
This is an iron bridge, built in 1891, by the Boston & Albany Railroad Company. The recommendation made in these reports for the past five years is renewed this year, that the ironwork above and below the floor be thoroughly cleaned and painted and the sidewalks repaired.
Federal-street Bridge (over Fort Point Channel).
This is a wooden pile bridge, with a double retractile iron draw, and was rebuilt in 1891–92. The draw, fences and house have been painted and general repairs made. The sidewalks should be resurfaced in part, the wharves and fender-guards repaired, and the landing shoes for the draw reset. Additional stops are needed for the draw, and a spare truck should be provided ; some of the spur-shoes have begun to decay, and should be refitted; the planking and irons on the waterway should be repaired.
Fen Bridge (in the Fens).
This bridge was built in 1891–93. It is in good condition.
Ferdinand-street Bridge (over Boston & Albany R.R.).
This is an iron bridge, built in 1892. In 1899 this bridge was shortened about three feet at its southerly end, and the old south abutment replaced by a brick pier. As reported last year the lower planking is in poor condition.
Forest Hills Entrance Bridge (in Franklin Park).
This bridge was built in 1894–95. It is maintained by the Park Department, and is in good condition.
Gold-street Bridge (over Midland Division, New York, New Haven & Hartford R.R.).
This bridge was built in 1895, replacing a foot-bridge which was built in 1890; the sidewalk planking should be renewed; the girders should be painted; the fences should be repaired and painted, and the walls need some repointing ; otherwise the bridge is in good condition.
Granite Bridge (from Dorchester to Milton).
This is a wooden pile bridge, with a wooden leaf draw. The city maintains the part within its limits. The bridge was originally built in 1837. It is in poor condition, and should be rebuilt ; the abutment should be repaired; the piles are much worn ; several of the stringers show considerable rot; the planking on the draw is decaying, and the tops of the piers are very poor.
Harvard Bridge (from Boston to Cambridge).
This is an iron bridge, with an iron turn-table draw, and was built in 1887–91. The bridge is in the care of two Commissioners, one appointed from Boston and one from Cambridge, and the expense of maintenance is borne equally by each city.
The roadway of the fixed spans was repaired in 1901–02 and a wooden block paving laid. The roadway of these spans is now in good condition, but that of the draw span is in very poor condition. The lower planking and stringers have not been renewed since the draw was built in 1891, and they are now very rotten. Unless a new deck is put on at once it will be necessary to have it carefully watched and repairs made as soon as signs of breaking through appear. The asphalt sidewalks, which have been reported for a number of years to be in very poor condition, have grown much worse, and should be no longer tolerated on a bridge having so much foot travel.
As reported last year the fences should be cleaned and painted, as they are very rusty. The planking of the draw piers is very rotten and dangerous in places; both piers should be replanked.
Harvard-street Bridge (over Midland Division, New York, New Haven & Hartford R.R., Dorchester).
The sidewalks are supported by the city, the roadway by
the railroad; the brickwork under one of the walks needs
repairing, and the stringers under the roadway should be renewed.
Huntington-avenue Bridge (over Boston & Albany R.R.).
This is an iron bridge. It was built in 1872, and in 1876–77 the abutments were rebuilt and the bridge widened by the addition of two new girders. In 1896, in conse
quence of changes in the grade of the avenue, the floor was entirely rebuilt and new girders added for supporting the water-pipes. The lower planking of spruce which was put in at that time has now become very rotten, and has broken through in a number of places during the past year. It is recommended that a new deck be put on this year and the girders cleaned and painted.
Huntington-avenue Bridge (over Muddy River).
This is a semi-circular masonry arch of fifteen feet span. It was built in 1893, and is maintained by the Park Departments of Boston and Brookline.
Ipswich-street Bridge (over Waterway in the Fens). The bridge was built in 1898, and is in good condition.
Irvington-street Foot-bridge (over Providence Division, New
York, New Haven & Hartford R.R.).
This is an iron foot-bridge, and was built in 1892. The planking is thin, but otherwise the bridge is in good condition.
L-street Bridge (over Reserved Channel, South Boston).
This is a wooden pile bridge, with an iron retractile draw. It was built in 1892. The fences have been painted; general repairs have been made; some of the piling in the fenderguard and under the 6-foot walk needs renewal; the sidewalks need patching, the roadway deck plank on the draw has begun to decay and needs renewal; some caps on the pier and a few low-water girders on the pier and bridge have been somewhat damaged by vessels; more riprap should be placed in front of the east abutment.
Leverett Pond Foot-bridge (in Leverett Park).
This is a segmental masonry arch of 24 feet span and 5 feet 5 inches rise. It was built in 1894, and is maintained by the Park Department.
Linden Park-street Bridge (over Stony Brook).
This is a wooden bridge, built in 1887. The bridge has been painted during the past year, and is now in fair condition.