Lovett Bridge, Spanning Mumford River, Douglas, Worcester County, MA
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Spanning Mumford River, Douglas, MA
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Documentation compiled after 1968.
Survey number HAER MA-133
Significance: Lovett Bridge is significant as a largely intact example of a method of construction that was common for small bridges in the period 1870-1920: a vaulted concrete deck supported on metal beams. In addition to the corrugated iron used to form the arches of Lovett Bridge, brick was also used in this technique, which was related to fire-proof industrial construction. Proponents of the form cited low initial cost, easy maintenance, and an unobstructed water way as its advantages. Lovett Bridge is also notable for retaining its original lattice railing, which was characteristic of the period.
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)
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